Disabled at Work? Know the Benefits Protected By Law

BY: Koszdin | Tuesday, December 4, 2018.

We know that you work for a few reasons, the most important of them to provide an income for yourself and your family. When anything jeopardizes your ability to make that income, you need to know what to do. Perhaps nothing is harder than suffering a work injury that disables you, whether for the short- or long-term.

At Koszdin, Fields & Sherry, we want to make sure you are treated fairly in a situation like that. Our qualified and experienced team will work with all parties involved so that you get and continue to receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. When you need a Los Angeles disability benefits attorney, we are standing by to help.

What Can Happen?

We know that workplace incidents are inevitable. Last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that there were 2.8 million workplace injuries and illnesses. Thankfully, the number of fatal workplace incidents is dropping and most injuries are minor.

But for those disabled in a workplace injury, they face many hurdles.

Ideally, all laws would be followed and a person disabled at work would not have to worry about suffering financially, but there are times when they are not given the care they need, are not allowed time off, or are even fired.

First, all workplace injuries should be covered by workers compensation. This includes medical treatment and coverage of income while work is missed. When seeking coverage after an incident, a medical doctor can determine the level of injury. If a worker is found to likely be disabled, the disability process should be started but the worker should not be discriminated against.

All steps should be followed when dealing with a workplace injury that has disabled a worker. After you have missed work for your injury, you are supposed to receive temporary disability benefits within 14 days of your injury.

Both the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) protect workers who are injured on the job.

What You Can Do

We know that it can be incredibly stressful to be in a situation where your income is no longer coming in and you are unable to work because of a disability. It is even worse if your disability was sustained due to your job.

At Koszdin, Fields & Sherry, we will not hesitate to fight for your rights, including seeking all the compensation you deserve. This can include:

  • Coverage for your medical expenses
  • Lost income and loss of future income
  • Your rightful disability benefits
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Punitive damages

When you need a Los Angeles disability benefits attorney, you can reach out to us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling one of these numbers: 818-812-5639 or 800-747-3447. Please note that it is very important to meet all filing deadlines concerning filing workers’ compensation and disability claims. We will make sure to handle all of these for you so you never go without payments.

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