Experienced California Attorney Advises Clients in Workers’ Compensation Cases
Torrance law firm helps employees suffering on-the-job injuries and illnesses get benefits
If you have been injured or become ill at work, you may be entitled to receive benefits through workers’ compensation. Employers in California are required to carry this insurance coverage for their employees. At the Law Offices of Donna Kay Cloer in Torrance, we guide clients through the initial filing process and fight for their interests when claims are denied. Our dedicated attorney has extensive experience helping injured workers get the benefits they need to help cover lost wages and pay for medical care and other expenses.
Committed counselor advises clients about workers’ compensation benefits
People who are hurt or become ill due to their jobs may be entitled to receive the following benefits:
- Coverage for hospitalization, doctor visits and other medical care
- Temporary disability payments that partially replace lost wages during recovery
- Permanent disability benefits if you can no longer work or are limited in your work
- A vocational rehabilitation benefit to pay for retraining in another job or field if you can no longer work in your old one
When a worker dies on the job, their spouse, children and certain other family members may be able to receive death benefits to make up for their loss of financial support. The size of the benefits is determined based on the deceased’s number of total and partial dependents. An additional benefit is compensation for burial costs. We will review the details surrounding your injury or loved one’s death and advise you about the amount of benefits you might receive and the filing process.
Skilled legal advisor guides employees through initial claim filing
Workers’ compensation benefits will only be available to you if your claim is approved. To have the best chance of your initial filing being approved you should:
- Get immediate medical treatment
- Notify your employer within 30 days of your injury or as soon as possible after you discover your injury or illness
- Fill out your portion of claim form DWC-1 and then give it to your employer so they can fill out their section and file it with the insurance company
If you have any issues with filling out the form or getting your employer to do their part, our seasoned workers’ comp attorney can assist you.
Diligent attorney fights for client rights in appealing workers’ comp denials
Insurance companies can sometimes deny workers’ compensation claims for a number of reasons. If this happens to you, you can request a hearing before your local district Workers’ Comp Appeals Board. If the claim is denied again, you can file a petition for reconsideration with the state Workers’ Comp Appeals Board. There are additional forms that must be filled out during the appeals process and our attorney can file them on your behalf and look out for your interests during the entire appeals process.
Contact a steadfast workers’ compensation law firm for help with your claim
Our reliable workers’ compensation attorney at the Law Offices of Donna Kay Cloer in Torrance helps Californians receive benefits for their work-related injuries and illnesses. To schedule a free consultation, call our firm at 310-339-6445 or contact us online.