California Attorneys Skilled in Workers' Compensation Cases
Orange County lawyers handle injured employees’ claims and appeals
California’s workers’ compensation system is designed to give victims of workplace injuries or occupational diseases quick access to monies needed for medical and rehabilitation expenses and to make up for lost wages. There is no need to prove an employer at fault in order to recover benefits, but it is important to make a strong claim that documents the source and extent of the injury or disease in order to attain the full reimbursement deserved. At Johnson and Cruz, PC in Brea, we have more than a decade of experience representing clients effectively in a range of workers’ comp matters.
Experienced counsel help you prepare a compelling case for benefits
Most California employers are mandated by law to carry no-fault workers' comp insurance, providing employees with benefits that cover medical costs, lost wages, and rehabilitation expenses when an on-the-job injury or occupational illness prevents them from performing their normal work duties. Benefits are generally available for injuries and illnesses “arising out of and in the course of employment.”
We are adept at securing the medical testimony and other evidence needed to prove not only the source of the injury or illness but also the extent and expected duration of the claimed disability. We prepare and present your workers’ comp insurance claim, represent you at hearings and assist you at the Worker’s Compensation Appeals Board if your claim is denied or your benefits are cut off.
Helping you recover medical costs, lost wages and disability pay
Workers’ compensation benefits include:
- Medical reimbursement — This includes all medical treatment reasonably required to cure or relieve the effects of a work-related injury or illness, including doctor and hospital bills, prescription medicines, medical supplies and equipment and certain therapeutic treatments.
- Temporary disability payments — These benefits replace part of your wages (usually two-thirds) during the time that you are unable to perform the necessary functions of your job.
- Permanent disability payments — If doctors determine that your injury or illness has left you permanently unable to work, even with physical therapy or other treatment, you will be eligible for permanent disability benefits computed based on your impairment, occupation and age.
- Job displacement benefits — If you are found to be partially permanently disabled, you are eligible for a voucher to help pay for the costs of retraining you for a different type of work.
- Death benefits — Surviving dependents (including spouses, children and other relatives) of an employee who died from a work-related injury or illness may recover death benefits. The amounts are computed based on several factors, including how many dependents are eligible.
Note that the benefits listed above are the only type of reimbursement you can obtain from your employer under workers’ compensation. However, if a third party was partly responsible for your work injuries, we may be able to file a separate claim that seeks recovery of damages for pain and suffering.
Contact seasoned California workers' compensation attorneys for your free case consultation
At Johnson and Cruz, PC, we help clients across Orange County recover the workers’ compensation benefits to which they are entitled. Whether you are filing an initial claim or appealing a denial or termination of benefits, we stand ready to help. Call 714-592-0325 or contact us online to schedule your free initial case consultation at our Brea office.