Experienced California Worker’s Compensation Lawyers
People who go to work every day in California have the right to expect a safe environment. No one should have to consider the threat of suffering injuries while being responsible and working hard to support themselves and their families. Sadly, some of the most severe workplace injuries happen when they are least expected. If you were injured in a work-related accident, be sure to seek proper medical care immediately. Afterward, if you encounter a problem with your workers’ compensation claim, you should seriously consider talking to an experienced California workers’ compensation attorney.
At KCNS Law Group, LLP, our team of skilled California workers’ compensation attorneys puts decades of experience in the workers’ comp process to work, recovering the full amounts our clients are due. We are steadfast in our commitment to helping injured workers and individuals get the benefits they need to cover medical costs, ongoing treatment, lost wages, and more. We serve individuals from across California, including the following areas:
- Buena Park
- South Pasadena
- Monterey Park
- El Monte
- West Covina
If you’ve been injured in a workplace accident or suffer ongoing pain due to your job, we are dedicated to helping you recover the compensation benefits you deserve.
Why Partner with KCNS Law Group to Represent Your Claim?
Many attorneys at our firm have detailed knowledge and experience in both workers’ compensation applicants and defense, meaning we understand the tactics insurance companies use to deny claims, and we utilize powerful strategies to counter them. We have handled complex litigation on expensive claims, forcing the insurance companies to pay the maximum amount due to our clients, settling in the millions of dollars.
Our attorneys have decades of experience in every type of workers’ compensation case. We have seen every issue that could arise, and our team has dealt with them as a firm. Few firms can provide that level of veteran knowledge and experience.
We do not settle for lowball settlement offers. We know the accurate value of each claim and are prepared to go to trial, if need be, to ensure our clients are paid the full amount they are owed.
We Handle All Types of Workers’ Compensation Cases
Our law firm harnesses over 40 years of combined experience in diverse practices of law, with a dedicated focus on California’s workers’ compensation law. We have helped countless clients throughout Los Angeles County recover the compensation they deserve for injuries, such as:
- Back injuries
- Brain and head injuries
- Catastrophic or fatal workplace accidents
- Occupational disease and illness
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Unsafe work condition injuries
At KCNS Law Group, our accomplished team of attorneys has dedicated their careers to advocating for injured clients. We possess the knowledge and experience necessary to connect your injury or illness to your working conditions and work duties to strategically position you for a successful workers’ compensation claim.
Recovering Maximum Benefits for Your California Workers’ Comp Claim
The attorneys at KCNS Law Group provide a broad range of experience related to workers’ compensation representation. That includes decades of work in insurance defense, workers’ comp defense, and personal injury experience.
Our firm is well known throughout the legal community for its abilities in workers’ compensation and its track record for success. Other firms and lawyers routinely refer clients to us, trusting our abilities. We are well versed in the intricate laws and rules that control workers’ compensation claims in California.
Our attorneys fight for injured workers and their families to secure benefits for:
- Medical costs
- Temporary disability benefits
- Permanent disability benefits
- Life pension benefits
- Vocational retraining expenses
- Death benefits
We understand what the insurance industry is capable of doing with a claim. Our California workers’ comp lawyers are committed to using our experience and abilities to prevent those companies and adjusters from paying injured workers less than they deserve.
Catastrophic Injuries at Work—Getting the Full Value of Benefits You Deserve
The more severe the injury, the more difficult it is to recover the total value that the claim is worth. If you or a family member have sustained injuries in a work-related accident in Los Angeles County and are being denied the benefits you deserve, get in touch with our seasoned team of Glendale workers’ compensation attorneys. Insurance companies realize they could be responsible for paying millions on a catastrophic claim and will fight aggressively to keep the cost of the claim down—often shorting injured workers at a time when they need benefits the most.
What Is an Occupational Disease in a Workers’ Compensation Claim?
An occupational disease is a chronic illness caused by work activities or environmental conditions within the workplace. In other words, occupational diseases occur as a result of your employment. In most cases, they develop over a long period. However, if you could have been exposed to the illness or disease in any situation outside the workplace, it is not an occupational disease.
For instance, catching the flu from a colleague is not an occupational disease because you could have easily been exposed to the virus in any situation. While you may have indeed caught the flu at work, you could have just as quickly been exposed while running errands or by a family member.
Examples of occupational diseases include:
- Loss of hearing: which may affect construction workers, musicians, or even airport workers due to the loud noises they’re exposed to at work
- Respiratory diseases: including damage to the lungs, asthma, mesothelioma, and cancer
- Skin disorders: include skin cancer, dermatitis, and eczema, which are frequently the result of chemicals used at work
At KCNS Law Group, our attorneys work with various specialists, including respiratory doctors, oncologists, and dermatologists, to confirm your occupational illnesses or diseases and, when applicable, demonstrate that you are unable to work.
What’s Considered Unsafe Working Conditions?
If the conditions on the premises of your place of work are hazardous, they may be deemed unsafe working conditions eligible for a workers’ compensation claim. Unsafe working conditions may prevent workers from proper job function and risk their safety and health. Employers are legally required to guarantee that the working environment provided for employees is free from known dangers and hazardous conditions.
The standard of employer’s responsibilities of providing a safe workplace for employees is outlined by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Examples of unsafe working conditions in the working environment include:
- Insufficient or faulty warning systems
- Flooring that contains debris or slippery substances which create a danger
- Obstructed safety exits
- Poorly maintained or ill-functioning equipment
- Failure to have safety guards
- Contaminated working conditions, which may increase the risk of disease or death
- Hazardous materials that can injure workers, including chemical and biological hazards
When an employer neglects to comply with these rules and standards, it is usually assumed that they are not providing a secure and safe working environment for their employees, leaving them vulnerable to all kinds of work injuries.
Obtaining Workers’ Compensation Benefits in California
At KCNS Law Group, we understand just how significant these benefits are to those who receive them, and we are motivated to help injured workers achieve a more secure future. We are here to provide trusted legal insight to all of your questions and anxieties, including those related to:
- Workers’ compensation benefits: What compensation are you qualified to receive?
- Workers’ compensation claims: We are happy to guide you through each step of your workers’ compensation claim.
- Types of injuries: Specific injuries are prevalent in workers’ compensation cases.
- Can I sue my employer?: California is a no-fault workers’ compensation state. However, depending on the situation, you may be able to pursue a third-party claim.
- Third-party accidents: We have considerable experience with numerous third-party work-related accidents and injuries.
Our firm uses a team approach in every case. While you will be assigned a specific lawyer and paralegal with whom to communicate, every attorney in the firm dedicates time and attention to your case, ensuring no detail is left unturned.
What Is a Third-Party Claim?
A third-party claim in a workers’ compensation case involves someone or a party other than your employer acting negligently to cause your injuries. Third parties are not directly implicated in the accident that led to your illness or injury. Instead, they are parties that contribute to the workplace injury, like, for example:
- A governmental entity
- A subcontractor
- A product manufacturer
- A property owner
Naming a third party as a defendant in a workers’ compensation lawsuit can be challenging and requires help from a knowledgeable attorney. The legal professionals at KCNS Law Group can hire industry experts and outside investigators to examine your case in detail and discover who or what contributed to the cause of your accident. Reinforced with the facts uncovered during the investigation, we can go up against the third party for damages on your behalf.
California’s workers’ compensation laws prohibit individuals from taking court action against their employers in place of no-fault benefits. However, you can still file a third-party action against someone other than your employer. Our skilled legal professionals can help you bring a third-party claim against one or more parties that contributed to your illness or injury. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, you may be entitled to compensation through both workers’ compensation and a third-party claim.
Is There a Limit on California Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
When it comes to damages in a California workers’ compensation claim, there is, indeed, a limit. The disability rating given by your physician will determine your eligible damages. That permanent disability rating will be converted into a percentage of total disability, which has a dollar cap. For that reason, it is essential that you see a doctor who can appropriately assess your injuries and calculate the impact that it has on your everyday life.
Note that there are cases where you may find your recovery outside of a workers’ compensation claim. For example, suppose you file a workers’ compensation claim after a doctor deems that you are disabled, and your employer tries to retaliate against you. In that case, California labor laws may provide legal remedies which do not have a cap. Additionally, suppose you’ve been hurt on the job, and your doctor believes that you can still work for the company, but your employer refuses to allow you to return to work. In that case, California Fair Employment Housing Act may provide remedies for compensation, for which there are no limits.
Contact Experienced California Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Today
At KCNS Law Group, LLP, our lawyers have worked in the defense world and know the measures that adjusters will take to minimize the claim’s payout. We use tailored strategies to prevent this from happening to ensure our clients are paid what they deserve. We understand how to structure large settlements so that benefits will be paid out to the client over their life, without complications from Medicare or other programs.
When you hire KCNS Law Group’s workers’ compensation attorneys to represent your case, we will fight for your case like you are family. We are passionate about helping our clients recover the benefits they deserve and will not settle for anything less.
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