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Workers’ Compensation Overview

From our offices in Monterey, Salinas, Santa Cruz, and Watsonville, California, Rucka, O’Boyle, Lombardo & McKenna represents injured employees throughout the Monterey Peninsula in workers’ compensation matters.

If You Are Injured

If you are injured in a workplace accident, or become ill because of conditions at work, your employer is required by law to pay you workers’ compensation benefits.  Therefore, in the event of an injury or illness, notify your employer as soon as possible to help avoid delays in receiving benefits.  Within one working day of reporting your injury, your employer must provide you with or mail you a claim form to fill out and return.  If necessary, you may seek emergency care in the meantime, but your employer has the right to tell you where to be treated. 

Available Benefits

Depending on the severity of your injury, a variety of workers’ compensation benefits are available.  In general, the four principal benefits available include medical treatment, temporary disability benefits, permanent disability, and job retraining.  Other benefits such as compensation for medication, rehabilitation, and mileage may also be available.  Death benefits are also available to family members of a loved one who died because of a work-related injury or illness.

Other Sources of Recovery

If the accident was caused at least in part by someone or something not covered by your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance, you may be able to recover additional damages through a third party liability personal injury or products liability claim.  You might also be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits and state benefits through the California Employment Development Department Disability Insurance Program.  Drawing on our extensive experience in handling both workers’ compensation and personal injury cases, we can identify all possible sources of recovery to help you obtain the maximum compensation to which you are entitled.

Discrimination is Illegal

It is illegal for your employer to discriminate against you, punish you, or fire you because you:

  • Have a work-related injury
  • Filed a workers’ compensation claim
  • Hired a workers’ compensation attorney

Seek Experienced Legal Representation

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or illness at work, it is important to consult with experienced attorneys who can ensure that you are complying with all of the deadlines and requirements in your case.  We have served employees throughout the Monterey Bay Region for over 35 years in workers’ compensation matters, and seven of our attorneys are have been certified as Specialists in Workers’ Compensation Law by the California Board of Legal Specialization.  To schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case, contact Rucka, O’Boyle, Lombardo & McKenna.