What to Expect at Your Initial No-Charge Consultation

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Our initial consultation can help provide you with a better understanding of the four types of benefits available in a workers’ compensation claim will involve, and what you can expect. We will also ask you questions to better determine your rights to each of the four benefits.

  1. Medical treatment
    We will ask you questions related to your medical treatment, to gain a better understanding of the nature and extent of your injury. It may also be the case that your initial injuries may have caused problems to other body parts or systems, and we will want to make sure to explore this to determine if you may be entitled to medical care for the secondary issue.
  2. Temporary Disability
    We will ask you questions about the dates you have missed work due to your injury to assess whether you have received all benefits to which you are entitled. We will review your earnings to insure you are receiving 2/3 or your average weekly wage and advise you if you are entitled to a higher weekly rate.
  3. Permanent Disability
    If your condition has reached maximum medical improvement (“MMI”) status, your doctor will provide their assessment of your impairment, which is meant to reflect the loss of your ability to perform activities of daily living. This impairment is used determine your level or percentage of permanent disability. We will review this calculation to ensure that you are compensated accordingly for any permanent disability you have sustained.
  4. Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit (SJDB) Voucher
    Once your condition has reached maximum medical improvement (“MMI”) status, you may be entitled to a voucher to retrain for a new job if your employer cannot accommodate your permanent work restrictions. We can answer any questions you have about this benefit.

The law firm of Ghitterman, Ghitterman and Feld helps employees in the areas of workers’ compensation, social security disability, disability retirement, personal injury, labor and employment issues. Founded in 1956, the firm now has offices in Santa Barbara County, Ventura County, Kern County, Tulare County, and Fresno County. The firm is proud to continue this tradition of securing all available rights for the injured and disabled in our community. For more information about what we do, how we might be about to help, or resources, see our website at www.ghitterman.com.