Don’t try to navigate the workers’ compensation system on your own! Perona, Langer, Beck, Serbin, Mendoza and Harrison is here to provide experienced guidance
Have you been hurt on the job? In order to get the benefits you need and deserve, you’re going to have to dive into the confusing and complicated world of California workers’ compensation law, rules and procedures.
Don’t do it alone!
Your employer’s insurance company is going to have attorneys working against you, trying to reduce or deny your benefits. They may argue that your injury or illness isn’t as serious as you say, or that the condition isn’t even related to your work. In order to fight back effectively against this kind of opposition, you need your own team of attorneys working aggressively for you. In short, you need PLBSMH.
Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Who Get Results
At PLBSMH, we have over 30 years of experience in workers compensation cases. In the past 15 years alone, we have secured over $100 million in benefits and awards for our clients. You can trust us to fight hard to secure the best possible result in your case, too.
We can help with any kind of injury or illness, including those sustained due to:
- Falls from Scaffolding, Ladders & Roofs
- Falling Debris
- Vehicle-Related Accidents at Work
- Toxic Chemical Exposure
- Repetitive Motion Injuries
- Occupational Diseases
Let Us Help File Your Workers’ Comp Claim
Having an experienced workers’ compensation attorney assisting with your claim from the very start will be highly advantageous to your case. At PLBSMH, we know what information needs to be included for a strong claim and how to get this information. We will make sure you see a physician for treatment, have an evaluation with a neutral physician, and file all the paperwork for you.
Call Now to Start Building Your Case
If you would like to learn more about how Perona, Langer, Beck, Serbin, Mendoza and Harrison can help as your workers’ compensation attorney, please call us at (800) 435-7542 now. The initial consultation is always free, and if you have a strong case we will represent you at no cost until we win your case.
- Q: How do I get benefits if my claim is denied?
The answer is dependent on the reason why your claim is denied. There are many reasons why a claim may be denied and each case is different. Some reasons why your claim may be denied include the insurance company/employer claiming (1) you were not an actual employee; (2) you gave notice of your workers’ compensation injury only after your employment ended; (3) there is insufficient medical evidence to substantiate a claim; (4) your claim is barred by a statute of limitations; (5) that your injury did not arise out of or in the course and scope of your employment, etc. We are sometimes able to request a hearing and go to trial on the issue of why your claim is denied to ask the judge to determine whether or not your claim is compensable. If a judge determines your case is compensable, you may be able to obtain benefits.
- Q: How do I get Temporary Disability for my accepted case?
There must be medical evidence indicating you’re temporarily disabled in order for you to obtain Temporary Disability benefits. In addition, most insurance companies will not pay temporary disability benefits if you are not treating with a doctor within the employer’s Medical Provider Network. However, when an employer fails to provide medical treatment, leaving you to obtain treatment outside of the Medical Provider Network, TD benefits may still be obtained.
- Q: How do I get treatment?
Unfortunately, the insurance companies make it extremely difficult to obtain medical treatment. Oftentimes employers do not even respond to demands for basic information as to whom the workers’ compensation insurance carrier even is and many employers do not comply with the California requirement to register information regarding their workers’ compensation insurance carrier. Once the insurance company is determined, we usually have to demand information regarding their Medical Provider Network and where we can locate their list of doctors. Once we have tried to locate a doctor, we are almost always unable to make an appointment without prior authorization from the insurance company. Once authorization is obtained, an appointment is made.
- Q: What do I do when my medical treatment is denied by the insurance company or they aren't responding to requests for authorization?
Just as it is difficult to even schedule an appointment with a physician, it is even more difficult to get treatment authorized. We believe that approximately 90% of the requests for authorization for treatment, medication, etc., by the doctors are denied by the insurance companies. If the request for authorization for treatment is denied and your claim is an accepted claim, the issue can go through the Independent Medical Review process to try to overturn the insurance company’s decision to deny the requested treatment.
- Q: What happens when my doctor releases me to go back to work but I'm still injured and can't work?
When you are released to return to work by your Primary Treating Physician, Panel Qualified Medical Examiner, or Agreed Medical Examiner, you are usually provided with work restrictions which take into consideration your injuries and the need to avoid reinjuring or causing further injuries. If your employer has available work within the work restrictions given to you, you should try to work with the work restrictions. If your employer offers you modified work and you refuse to accept it, any permanent disability benefits you may be entitled to could be subject to a 15% decrease. If your employer does not offer you any work within your work restrictions, you may be entitled to a 15% increase in any permanent disability benefits to which you may be entitled. Your employer may be required to accommodate your restrictions. If they terminate you based on accommodations needed then our firm’s Employment Department may be able to assist further.
- Q: What happens when my work restrictions are not accommodated by my employer and they refuse to take me back?
If your employer does not offer you any work within your work restrictions, you may be entitled to a 15% increase in any permanent disability benefits to which you may be entitled. Your employer may be required to accommodate your restrictions. If they terminate you based on work accommodations needed then our firm’s Employment Department may be able to assist further.
- Q: When is my case going to settle?
There is no set schedule on your when you case is going to settle and offers to settle your case are controlled by the insurance companies. Generally, a physician will declare you “permanent and stationary” prior to any offers being made, although that is not always the case. In addition, not every case will settle. Many cases will proceed to trial for a judge to determine what you are to receive in your case.
- Q: How much is my case worth?
There are many factors that determine what your case is worth, including (1) the “whole person impairment” which is given by your Primary Treating Physician, Panel Qualified Medical Examiner, or Agreed Medical Examiner when you are declared “permanent and stationary”; (2) apportionment attributes to other factors (such as pre-existing injuries, degenerative issues, non-industrial causes, etc.); (3) any defenses raised by the insurance company concerning the compensability of your claim; (4) your age; and/or (5) your occupation, etc.
- Q: When will I get to talk to my attorney?
It depends on the needs in your case. However, our attorneys spend most of their time out of the office fighting for our clients, but have a support staff to assist them in answering your questions. Our support staff is trained to answer many of the questions you have concerning your case and acts as a liaison between you and your attorney. If your question can not be answered at the time of your call, we will do our best to obtain the answer or resolution to the issue. In addition, should your deposition be scheduled or any hearing in your case scheduled, you will have an attorney present with you.
- Q: Will I have to pay for any medical bills?
Pursuant to California Labor Code Section 3751(b), “If an employee has filed a claim form …, a provider of medical services shall not, with actual knowledge that a claim is pending, collect money directly from the employee for services to cure or relieve the effects of the injury for which the claim form was filed …”
Workers’ Comp Disclaimer:
Making a false or fraudulent workers’ compensation claim is a felony subject to up to 5 years in prison or a fine of up to $50,000 or double the value of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.