Janitors, cleaning workers, and others who work in the sanitation field face numerous risks of illness and injury from their work in Orange County, CA. When work-related injuries happen or when work-related illnesses manifest, workers’ compensation insurance can be an invaluable lifeline to those affected. An experienced Orange County janitor and cleaning worker injury lawyer will be an essential asset if you find yourself in this situation.
The attorneys at Canlas Law Group have years of professional experience with workers’ compensation claims in Orange County. Our team has successfully assisted many past clients with a wide range of complex cases, and we know the unique legal challenges that an injured janitor or cleaning worker could encounter as they attempt to navigate the workers’ compensation claim filing procedures.
When you choose our firm to represent you in your efforts to obtain workers’ compensation benefits, you can trust us to look for all opportunities to enhance your recovery. This may mean resolving disputes raised against your claim by your employer and/or their insurance carrier. It could also mean determining whether you have grounds to file a third-party personal injury suit against whoever caused your injury.
Ultimately, the workers’ compensation claim process can be very difficult to navigate by yourself, and you run the risk of settling for less than you deserve when you do not have legal counsel advising you. When you choose our firm to represent you, you will have a responsive legal advocate ready to assist you with every aspect of your recovery efforts. You have a limited time in which to pursue recovery, so it’s vital to contact an attorney as soon as possible.
Under California’s workers’ compensation laws, almost every employer in the state is required to have workers’ compensation insurance, and almost every regular employee is covered. While there are some exempt employees, verify your status with your employer, and remember that it is illegal for them to misclassify your employment to avoid covering you with their workers’ compensation insurance policy.
An injury or illness qualifies for workers’ compensation benefits as long as it occurred through the performance of one’s job duties. Janitors and cleaning workers face many risks at work, and some of the most commonly cited job-related injuries that lead to their filing workers’ compensation claims in Orange County are:
You should report your injury to your supervisor as soon as possible. Once your supervisor is aware of your injury, they are required to create an incident report, and you will likely need this later to file your workers’ compensation claim. You will also likely be required to undergo a medical examination from a workers’ compensation physician, who will assess your level of disability after the accident.
A disability rating is a numerical value between 1 and 100 that indicates the severity of a claimant’s injury. The higher the number, the more the claimant may receive in benefits. Once you complete the medical review, you should be ready to file your claim to your employer’s insurance carrier. An experienced Orange County workers’ compensation attorney can make this a much easier process for you.
When an injured employee’s claim for workers’ compensation benefits is approved, they can typically expect two types of benefits. The first will be coverage of your medical expenses. As long as an injury happened from work, the victim can have all associated medical treatment costs covered by their employer’s insurance. This includes future medical care if they will need ongoing rehabilitation to recover fully.
Second will be disability benefits, paid weekly in partial or total designations based on whether the claimant retains any earning ability or they are unable to work at all after their injury. If they can still work but cannot earn as much income as they did prior to their injury, partial disability benefits can make up the difference. They will need to report how much they are able to earn to the insurance company each week.
If they cannot work at all until they recover, they will likely be awarded total disability benefits. This is paid weekly, and each payment will be about two-thirds of the claimant’s average weekly wage. If, for example, you usually earn $1,500 each week, you can expect about $1,000 per week with each benefits payment. These payments can continue until you are able to resume work or for up to 104 weeks.
When you choose Canlas Law Group to help with your claim, you will have a responsive legal advocate who can answer any questions you might have throughout your claim proceedings. We take time to learn as much as possible about each client we represent, providing client-focused and compassionate legal guidance through all stages of their recovery efforts.
You may have grounds for further legal recourse outside of the workers’ compensation claim filing procedures if anyone outside of your work caused your injury, and we can help with this as well. The sooner you get in touch with our team, the sooner we can get started working on your case.
A: When an injured worker is awarded total disability benefits for a work-related injury, they can receive a maximum of 104 weekly payments. However, they can elect to have these payments spread out over a five-year term instead of receiving all of them consecutively. The five-year timespan starts on the date they sustained their injury.
A: Proving fault is not always necessary for filing a workers’ compensation claim. This means that you do not necessarily need to prove that your injury was the fault of another party to secure compensation. This also means it is possible to have caused your own injury and still qualify for benefits, as long as it happened through a mistake made in good faith. Proving fault will be essential, however, to succeed with a third-party personal injury claim.
A: If you succeed with your workers’ compensation claim, you should recover full compensation for all medical expenses related to your injury. Additionally, you will be eligible for partial or total disability benefits depending on whether you can work in a limited capacity or if you are unable to work at all due to your injury. Your Orange County workers’ compensation attorney can estimate your claim’s total potential value.
A: When your claim is straightforward, and you have a good attorney representing you, it may only take a few weeks for you to receive your settlement check. However, if any disputes are raised against your claim, this can significantly increase the time it takes for you to receive your benefits. Additionally, if you intend to pursue a personal injury claim alongside your worker’s compensation claim, this can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months to complete.
A: Canlas Law Group can provide the legal representation you need for your impending claim without adding to your financial stress with expensive upfront legal fees. We take these cases on contingency, which means you will only pay a fee at the end of your case. Additionally, your fee will be a percentage of the total settlement we secure for you, so you won’t face any risk of paying more in legal fees than you win in compensation for your injury.
The right attorney can make a tremendous positive difference in the outcome of your impending workers’ compensation claim. Janitors and cleaning workers often face hazards that go overlooked until they result in an injury, and anyone in this situation needs legal counsel they can trust to guide them through the difficult proceedings their case is likely to entail. Contact Canlas Law Group to schedule your free consultation about your claim.