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Workers’ compensation benefits hinge on various factors tied to your claim. Given the highly regulated and often intricate nature of the system, prompt action and consultation with an experienced attorney are essential to securing the benefits you rightly deserve.

Even in seemingly straightforward situations where your company is cooperative, the surefire way to ensure full compensation is by partnering with seasoned workers’ compensation lawyers. At the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach, our lead counsel boasts over 40 years of proven courtroom experience and holds the distinction of being a Workers’ Compensation Certified Specialist—a credential not held by all lawyers. We have dedicated decades to assisting injured workers like you, so reach out today and let us safeguard your job and future.

No Fees Unless We Succeed

Since we operate on a contingency basis for workers’ compensation cases, you won't incur any attorney fees unless we secure benefits or recovery for you. With nothing to lose and much to gain, contact us for assistance today.

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Understanding Various Types of Compensation

Depending on your work-related injury, California law may entitle you to different types of workers’ compensation benefits, including coverage for:

  • Medical costs and expenses related to your on-the-job injury.
  • Temporary disability benefits or wage loss benefits.
  • Permanent disability benefits and loss of future earning capacity.
  • Future medical needs.
  • Supplemental Job Displacement Voucher and Return to Work Fund.
  • Death and dependency benefits.
  • Subsequent Injuries Benefits Trust Fund (SIBTF) benefits.

It’s crucial to note that being labeled an independent contractor doesn’t preclude you from seeking workers’ compensation benefits if you suffer a work-related injury. Additionally, if your employer lacks workers’ compensation insurance, we can help you pursue justice through proceedings against the Uninsured Employers Benefits Trust Fund (UEBTF).

If you're injured at work, we exhaust every legal remedy available to secure the necessary benefits. Insurance companies have claims adjusters and lawyers aiming to minimize costs, and we counter their efforts to deny you benefits whenever possible.

For more information on Workers’ Compensation terminology, please refer to our English glossary and Español glosario.

Time Limit to File a Work Injury Claim in Encino

We strongly encourage anyone sustaining a workplace injury or illness to report the incident immediately.

Although Labor Code Section 5400 sets a nominal 30-day time limit to inform the employer of a work injury, subsequent sections effectively remove that limit. Sections 5402 and 5403 ensure that injured workers won't be barred for failing to report the claim within 30 days unless the employer can show substantial prejudice to their defense.

Moreover, a worker must initiate their claim with the Workers Compensation Appeals Board within one year of the date of injury or the last day they received monetary or medical workers’ compensation benefits.

While it may not be practical to cover all nuances here, filing a claim as soon as aware of the injury is in the employee’s best interest. Exceptions may exist, allowing an injured worker to maintain a claim for workers’ compensation benefits even if filing is delayed.

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Most Common Types of Work Injuries in Encino

Hazards exist in every workplace, and injuries, both physical and mental, can reasonably be expected, even with proper safety measures. Our Encino workers’ compensation attorneys assist injured workers with various injuries, including:

  • Spine injuries (cervical, thoracic, and lumbar).
  • Heart, cardiovascular, and hypertensive injuries.
  • Carpal tunnel, and cubital tunnel injuries.
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome injuries.
  • Amputations.
  • Fall and crush injuries.
  • Motor vehicle accident-related trauma.
  • Traumatic or wear-and-tear injuries to extremities.
  • Arthritic conditions.
  • Concussions and traumatic brain injuries.
  • Psychiatric/psychological injuries.
  • Internal organ damage: kidney disease, diabetes, GERD, digestive tract.

We recognize that workplace injuries can worsen over time, and occupational illnesses may manifest after prolonged exposure to hazardous conditions. This can include chronic respiratory infections, cardiovascular diseases, occupational cancers, hearing loss, and vision loss.

Don’t Delay — Time May Be Running Out to Bring Your Claim

Compensation claims have time limits, and adherence to notification, filing requirements, and deadlines is crucial. When you need an Encino workers’ compensation attorney, we are here to help you stand up to aggressive insurance carriers and employers. Call our office today at (818) 609-7005 to schedule your free legal consultation, or email us at your convenience. While our office is in Encino, we serve clients throughout the San Fernando Valley, including those in Santa Clarita.

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