The compensation amount awarded to back injury victims can vary drastically due to many factors taken into consideration. While some back injuries might only cause pain and discomfort that prevents the victim from conducting work and daily activities, severe back injuries can cause paralysis. Some victims can receive millions in compensation. To calculate the settlement amount, insurance companies will need to factor in your specific circumstances and the impact your back injury will have on your life.
In California, part of the compensation you receive will be under general damages, which accounts for pain and suffering as well as inconvenience. The severity of the injury determines the value of general damages. The range for workers’ comp benefits shifts depending on which of the following three categories your back injury falls into:
It is primarily up to you or your attorney to argue and provide evidence of the expenses. The best way to ensure you receive maximum compensation is to work with a California workers’ comp lawyer who understands the law and has your best interests in mind.
Workers’ comp benefits can potentially cover any financial losses incurred due to your back injury. In the most severe cases, back injuries can result in disability and dysfunction of the bladder, bowel, or sexual systems. Most of the time, a back injury causes pain and reduces movement and sensation. Even in minor cases, the loss of sensation and movement or chronic pain can affect your ability to work. Other complications that affect financial stability and income include:
These costs continue to accumulate as your condition may persist for several months or years. The cost of damages are considered “tangible losses,” and may be proven through medical bills, receipts, and expert testimony. An experienced lawyer can help you calculate these expenses, and will also work to estimate future medical bills.
When determining the outcome and compensation for your case, attorneys consider five factors:
These five factors are all calculated to determine the value of your back injury claim. An attorney will make sure the amount presented by the insurance company is the fair amount you deserve. A dedicated California workers’ compensation lawyer will help protect you from lowball offers that will not cover the complete expense of your injury.
Sustaining a back injury while at work is not only traumatic, but it can also have a drastic effect on your life and the lives of your family. Whether your injury is minor or severe, you are entitled to fair compensation to cover the cost of losses and expenses that result from your back injury. The attorneys at KCNS Law Group have detailed knowledge and experience in workers’ compensation law. We understand the tactics insurance companies use to deny claims or offer lowball settlements.
At KCNS Law Group, we do not settle for lowball offers. We know the accurate value of each claim, and we are prepared to go to trial to help ensure our clients are paid the full amounts they are owed. To schedule a consultation with one of our California workers’ compensation lawyers, fill out this form or call (818) 937-9255.