The workers' compensation system provides replacement income, medical expenses and sometimes vocational rehabilitation benefits -- that is, on the job training, schooling or job placement assistance. The benefits paid through workers' compensation, however, are almost always relatively modest. If you become temporarily unable to work, you'll usually receive two-thirds of your average wage up to a fixed ceiling. But because these payments are tax-free, if you received decent wages prior to your injury, you'll fare reasonably well in most states. You will be eligible for these wage-loss replacement benefits as soon as you've lost a few days of work because of an injury or illness that is covered by workers' compensation.
If you become permanently unable to do the work you were doing prior to the injury, or unable to do any work at all, you may be eligible to receive long-term or lump-sum benefits. The amount of the payment will depend on the nature and extent of your injuries. If you anticipate a permanent work disability, contact us or your local Workers' Compensation office as soon as possible; these benefits are rather complex and may take a while to process.
Our attorneys will investigate the cause of your accident by collecting all necessary medical documentation, work reports, and other evidence. We will then negotiate with your employer and insurance company to reach a fair settlement. We are always prepared to take your case to trial if it is in your best interest to do so.
If you don't have insurance, we may still be able recover workers' compensation benefits depending on the extent of your injuries and the nature of your accident. Contact the Law Offices of Anthony Madrigal to discuss your unique situation with our Riverside County workers' compensation attorneys.