California would not be the sixth-largest economic power in the world if not for its work force. Every day, millions of people go to work in government offices, the farm fields, and every other occupation you could think of. Most people have a safe and productive day at work. There are rules in the workplace intended limit risks to employee health… but sometimes that isn’t enough. Sometimes a Santa Clara work injury can happen, despite the best of intentions.
In June 2016, a Great America employee suffered serious injury while trying to retrieve a lost item from under a rollercoaster track. It would later be found that the park owner and operator had not provided enough safety training. Citations were issued for eight workplace safety violations.
Any work injury can be a very complex matter. Both the conduct of the victims and their employers are thoroughly examined. It can take months, even years before a case is fully resolved or settled. Penney and Associates can help anyone suffering from a Santa Clara work injury get the fair compensation they are due.
Workers’ compensation is not a simple affair
California law states that employers are to provide a form of workers’ compensation in the event of workplace injury. Workers’ comp insurance includes five basic benefits: medical care, temporary disability benefits, permanent disability benefits, supplemental job displacement benefits, and death benefits.
While the law exists, there are cases where employers seek to limit their responsibility in the event of an injury. In more extreme cases, they attempt to limit the compensation provided, if not deny it entirely. This can be done in multiple ways, and it starts as early as hiring day.
For example, employees could be ‘discouraged’ from reporting workplace injuries even as they are explained the benefits available to them. They could be told that their injury may be grounds for dismissal, as it is proof that the employee is ‘accident probe’. By creating a culture of fear among new hires and old hands, workers may be reluctant to report injuries, or unsafe conditions that could lead to injuries. In the worst cases, employees are denied or ‘encouraged’ not to seek medical attention for ‘minor’ injuries.
Employers like this will seek to contest injury claims. A Santa Clara work injury victim could find themselves accused of reckless conduct. Their workers’ comp claim could be denied by a claims administrator. It’s situations like this that make hiring an attorney a very smart decision!
Penney and Associates is ready to help Santa Clara work injury victims!
While not every workers’ comp case goes poorly, it helps to have a lawyer on hand! Penney and Associates has lawyers with decades of experience with personal injury cases. Based in California, we are familiar with all aspects of workers compensation claims, and with state employment laws. We will keep your paperwork and claims in perfect order, meeting every deadline, and holding your employers accountable for their end of the case.
If your workers’ compensation case does go to court, you will have an aggressive and experienced lawyer on your side. Whether your Santa Clara work injury is the result of negligent employer practices, the actions of other employees, or a complete accident, Penney and Associates has got you covered. We will fight to ensure that you and your family get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a consultation!