Workers’ Compensation Attorney in California
California Work-Related Injury Attorneys
At Ghitterman, Ghitterman & Feld, our workers’ compensation lawyers have protected the rights of California workers since 1956. With seven offices located throughout the state, we are dedicated to serving our California workforce when and where they need us.
Our law firm has multiple attorneys who maintain a Certified Specialization in Workers’ Compensation from the State Bar of California, which is achieved and held by less than 5% of workers’ compensation attorneys. We take this designation very seriously as the required skill level should be expected from the entire team at GG&F from how we interact, handle every aspect of cases, and produce real results for real clients who need our help.
At Ghitterman, Ghitterman & Feld, your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our clients have to say about working with us.
They are well organized, very knowledgeable of the workers' compensation industry, and have had an excellent reputation for many years.- Nadine
Ben Feld was a terrific attorney as he guided me through the disability process. Most importantly, he would return my calls or my texts very quickly. I cannot recommend GG&F more highly. They make you feel like family.- Kellie D.
Mr. Feld got me my SSDI in 2 month on contingency, which was greatly appreciated! That was 2 years faster than the nightmares that everyone hears about. I was crying! It was a miracle! I am so thankful and grateful!!! Thank you so much Benjamin Feld!!!- Kathy G.
Is California a No-Fault Workers’ Compensation State?
Yes. California is categorized as a “no-fault” workers’ compensation state. This means the employee does not have to prove their injury was caused by the fault or negligence of their employer to file a claim.
While the state’s no-fault workers’ compensation status appears straightforward, the application process and the evidence and documentation necessary to prove you have a legitimate claim are anything but simple.
The paperwork requirements and deadline restrictions can become overwhelming, especially when you are dealing with a severe injury. We want to help you properly navigate the California workers’ compensation system the first time around so you can begin receiving the benefits you are entitled to while your injuries keep you away from work.
What Type of Workers’ Compensation Benefits are Available to Injured California Employees?
When you have been injured on the job, it is your employer’s responsibility to cover the cost of your injury, including medical costs and approximately two-thirds of your current wages. However, many employers and their insurance carriers will try to pay as little as possible to cover your medical costs, try to push you back to work before you are fully healed or deny your claim. If you are in one of these situations, you need the help of one of our certified specialists who handle workers’ compensation claims within the state of California.
Common Cases Managed by the California Workers’ Compensation Specialists at Ghitterman, Ghitterman & Feld
We look for all possible forms of compensation to cover your injuries, and we have handled important California workers’ compensation claims across all industries.
Our workers’ compensation board-certified attorneys have managed claims for thousands of individuals who have been injured on the job, just like you. We understand your frustration at being injured and not receiving all the help from your employer that you should, whether your injury is severe or allows you to continue working with certain restrictions. Our job is to ensure you get all the benefits you are entitled to through workers’ compensation and other available sources.
We use our experience, tenacity, and skill to obtain the best possible result in your case. We know how important it is for you to be able to continue to work or to receive permanent disability benefits if you are unable to return to work.
Contact our workers compensation attorneys in California by calling (805) 243-2179 today!
How Long Do I Have to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim in California?
Technically, California employees must report their injuries to their employers within 30 days of becoming aware of the condition. Ideally, employees should alert their employers immediately after the injury occurs, so there is little room for the employer to dispute the injury occurred at work, thus ending in a denied claim.
The employer, in turn, must record the details of the incident in writing. Reporting a job-related injury to your employer is not the same as filing a workers’ compensation claim. Once you have reported the injury, seek medical care immediately, so your injuries are documented, and a treatment plan is put in place before you file a workers’ compensation claim with your employer’s insurance provider.
With very few exceptions, the statute of limitations for filing a workers’ compensation claim in California is one year from the date of your job-related injury or illness. If you do not file a workers’ compensation claim within a year of becoming aware of your injury or illness, you may lose your right to file a claim.
We Have a Relentless Commitment to Protect Our Clients’ Rights.
For over six decades, Ghitterman, Ghitterman & Feld has protected the rights of injured California workers by helping them navigate the challenges workers’ compensation insurance companies present at every turn.
We have six physical offices, in Bakersfield, Fresno, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Ventura, and Visalia, and our top-tier technologies provide a virtual reach to serve clients throughout California. We offer free in-person, telephone, and virtual consultations to offer straightforward legal advice for your unique needs.
If you are seeking representation for a workers’ compensation claim, we are here for you. Call us at (805) 243-2179, or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. You are never charged a fee unless we obtain compensation for you.
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