WORKERS COMPENSATION ATTORNEYS
Have you been injured in accident in the workplace? Are you suffering due to repetitive motions or exposure to loud work environments? Has your mental health degraded due to harassment and psychological abuse by your employer or coworkers? If so, Penney & Associates can assist you with your workers’ compensation claim.
With more than 100 years of combined legal experience, we have litigated thousands of workers’ comp claims, and understand the nuances of state and federal employment laws. Whether you were injured in an industrial or construction accident, were involved in a company vehicle accident, or simply slipped and fell at work, we can help.
KHANG V. MORONES
Location: Oroville, CA
While walking in a public park, Christina Khang was bitten by a Rottweiler. The defendant’s young son was holding the leash of the dog, but unfortunately, the boy did not have the strength to stop the dog, which pursued Ms. Khang and bit her without provocation. Ms. Khang suffered bites to her arms and the top of her head. The defendant’s homeowner’s insurance provider agreed to pay the policy limit of $300,000, negating the need for litigation. Stewart P. Galbraith of Penney & Associates represented Ms. Khang.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OFWORKERS COMPENSATIONCLAIMS?
There are five key benefits offered by workers’ compensation insurance policies:
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You may also be eligible for other state or federal benefits. If you were injured due to the actions of one or more persons, you may be able to file personal injury claims as well.
The attorneys of Penney & Associates will work with you to secure the maximum possible workers’ compensation benefits, and any other benefits and damages to which you are entitled.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DOIF YOU ARE INJUREDON THE JOB?
First, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Be sure to inform your healthcare provider that your injury is work-related, and retain all paperwork and documentation provided to you. Once you have received attention, report your injury to your supervisor, employer, or other designated point of contact. Reporting your injury in a timely manner helps to ensure that you begin to receive temporary benefits as soon as possible. This also reduces the risk of your workers’ compensation claim being denied.
Your employer is required to provide you with a workers’ compensation claim form within one business day of being informed of your injury. If they fail to do so, or do not otherwise document your injury, be on your guard. These are often indicative of employers who will attempt to deprive you of the compensation to which you are entitled, and otherwise try to undermine your claim.
To ensure that your rights under workers’ compensation regulations are protected, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. The longer you wait to seek legal representation, the more likely it is that your claim can be undermined due to error or actions on the part of your employer.
While many workers are fortunate to have employers who care about the wellbeing of their workforce, this is not always the case. Employers have been known to tell employees that they are exempt from workers’ compensation coverage—and a variety of other benefits—for one reason or another.
IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA,YOUR EMPLOYER MUST HAVEWORKERS' COMPENSATION INSURANCE
It is true that businesses do not have to provide workers’ compensation coverage for independent contractors. However, you may actually be an employee despite being classified as an independent contractor by your employer. Many recent court rulings in California have shown that businesses have misclassified many workers as contractors.
If you are a contractor and have been injured on the job, it’s highly advisable that you contact an experienced employment lawyer who can determine if you are in fact an employee, and eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
Whether you’re a long-time employee for a company, or a contractor, work-related injuries are a serious matter. At Penney and Associates, we have decades of experience in holding employers accountable to the law, and a long track record of winning workers’ compensation claims for our clients.
If you or a family member have been hurt on the job, and you are struggling to get the compensation you need, contact us today and let us advocate for your legal rights.