Every day, construction workers, engineers, and longshoremen face hazards on the job in California. But accidents and work-related illnesses can occur in any type of profession. At the Law Offices of David H. Black, our attorneys represent injured employees in a variety of industries. We recognize that no matter where you work or what type of job-related injury or illness you have sustained, you need and deserve compensation to pay for medical expenses and lost wages. With 70 years of combined experience advocating for injured workers in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, our attorneys are committed to providing you with sound advice and professional guidance in your workers’ comp case.
If you suffer an injury at work, your top priority must be your health. However, after seeking medical attention, you must inform your employer that you sustained a job-related injury. Any delay in notifying your supervisor may damage your workers’ compensation claim. Your next step is to file the necessary paperwork, which includes a DWC-1 claim form, an application for adjudication of your claim, and a declaration pursuant to labor code 4906(g). For most injuries and illnesses in California, you must file your benefits claim within 30 days of your injury.
Our attorneys assist you in obtaining and filling out each of these forms to ensure they are accurate and free of errors. Additionally, when you seek our counsel, our seasoned injury lawyers correspond with your company’s insurance company, saving you time and stress.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be entitled to receive compensation for lost wages or salary in addition to reimbursement for medical expenses. We can review your case, determine your likelihood of obtaining benefits, and devise a carefully planned strategy to help you receive the compensation you deserve. Throughout Southern California, our skilled legal team helps injured workers obtain the following benefits:
Navigating the workers’ compensation process without legal guidance can be very difficult. Insurers are focused on profitability — not providing you with compensation. Our attorneys know how to handle employers’ insurance companies and uphold your rights at every turn.
If your workers’ compensation claim required a hearing at a Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) and you disagree with the judge’s decision or award in your case, our lawyers can help you file an appeal. In California, you have only 20 days from the judge’s decision to file your appeal, so it is important that you contact our lawyers immediately.
We assess your case, the decision made by the WCAB judge, and your injuries to determine if pursuing an appeal is in your best interests. If we find sufficient evidence that the judge’s decision is incorrect or unsubstantiated, our attorneys can help you file a petition for reconsideration.
The Law Offices of David H. Black provides dedicated representation to injured workers throughout Southern California. Please call 310-746-5448 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation at our Santa Monica office today.