At Butler Viadro, LLP, we help people who have experienced an injury at work. Much of the time, compensation can be obtained by filing a workers’ compensation claim, but sometimes there may be someone else responsible — a manufacturer who created defective machinery, a negligent subcontractor or a vendor who acted recklessly. Regardless of your situation, we will help you explore all your options so that you get the best possible results.
Filing A Workers’ Compensation Claim After A Work Injury
When it comes to workers’ compensation claims, it’s best to do things right the first time. Our team of experienced workers’ compensation attorneys can help. We are thorough and complete, helping you to file a workers’ compensation claim that gets benefits as soon as possible. We have a certified workers’ compensation specialist to handle all of the complexities of your claim.
Injured workers often ask us what they should do after a workplace injury. One of the first things that injured workers should do is notify their employers about the injury. Under the law, you have only a limited amount of time to do this. If you fail to notify your employer, you could lose important benefits.
Getting the proper health care is also important. We urge our clients to get the care they need, as injuries that start out small can often turn out to be major problems. In addition, without representation, injured workers can be sent to the “company doctor” who may cause irreparable harm to your claim and recovery.
Appealing A Denied Workers’ Compensation Claim
Many workers’ compensation claims are denied the first time, especially if they result from cumulative trauma. In these cases, litigation is often necessary to get you the disability benefits you need to support your family and get better.
In California, workers’ compensation claims can be denied for a wide range of reasons, so it’s best to work with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible to take effective action:
- The employer thinks your injury did not occur on the job
- Failure to give proper notice to your employer
- The employer does not recognize the connection between your cumulative trauma injury and your work (e.g., many low back injuries are the result of years of micro-trauma associated with work)
Act Quickly To File An Appeal
If you are thinking about challenging a denied workers’ compensation claim, it is important that you act quickly. The law places time limits on doing so. Working with an attorney as soon as possible is the best way to take effective action by preserving your rights.
To contact the Alameda County attorneys at Butler Viadro, LLP, call us at 510-907-9577 or 888-353-2158 toll-free or simply complete our online contact form. Work injury consultations are free and confidential. Cases are handled on contingency, which means that you owe us no attorney fees unless we collect compensation for you.
For your convenience, we have provided links to workers’ compensation forms here: