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On-the-job accidents and injuries: the role of proven legal counsel

Some law firms in California and elsewhere will handle any workers' compensation case that comes in the door. In other words, it makes no difference to such a firm's attorneys whether they are being asked to represent a worker who has suffered a work-related injury or, conversely, an employer that is seeking to defend against such a claim.

That is not us. At the Southern California law firm of Ghitterman, Ghitterman & Feld, our attorneys represent only employees with work-related illness and injury claims.

And we have done so for decades. We are passionate regarding the proven legal advocacy we bring to bear on behalf of state residents who need our help, and we believe that our commitment to their needs is made manifestly evident by words on our website that essentially serve as our firm's mantra.

We are proud to refer to ourselves as "the employee's law firm."

Can it even be suggested that an employee with a work-related injury claim can reasonably forgo staunch, aggressive and knowledgeable legal representation?

Well, it often is, but from a flatly unsurprising source -- the employer itself. Alternatively, and in many instances, an insurance company and/or team of lawyers will amicably suggest to an injured or ill worker (or his family representatives) that things can be worked out quickly, fairly and informally without the need for attorneys to act on behalf of the victim.

Make no mistake: The allegiance of those mouthpieces lies with the employer, with their sole motivation being the cheapest possible settlement of a claim. That is simply a business reality.

The repercussions of an on-the-job illness or injury can be myriad and dire, with a worker needing assistance that is truly comprehensive and meaningful. We note on our website that, "We leave no stone unturned because we know that you need compensation that not only helps you get by today, but far into the future."

Our firm provides diligent and client-empathetic legal representation to clients across Southern California from multiple offices spanning the region. We welcome readers' visits to our blog, as well as questions and comments regarding its subject matter.

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