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Hurt on the Job?  What is workers’ compensation? 

•  Workers' Compensation is a "no-fault" legal system designed to provide limited benefits to employees injured at work.

•  You do not have to prove that your employer or a co-worker did something to cause your injury and the employer cannot dispute your injury by claiming that your injury was caused by your own carelessness or recklessness.

•  There are basically two types of work injuries -- specific or cumulative.  Examples of a specific injury: hurting your back in a fall or lifitng a heavy object or getting hurt in a car accident while making a delivery or sales call.  Examples of a cumulative injury: hurting your hand, back, or other part of the body from doing the same motion over and over such as assembly or warehouse work, repetitive computer work or keyboarding or cancer from a constant exposure to certain chemicals.

•  Workers' Compensation benefits are limited by law and include reasonable medical care for your injury, temporary disability indemnity while you are off work because of your injury, permanent disability indemnity when your injury stabilizes and return-to-work indemnity if your injury precludes you from returning to you job.

•  Attorney fees are set by law and range from 9% to 15% of any settlement or award.  Fees must be approved by a Judge and if there is no settlement or award, there is no fee.  There are also no court costs.

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Many people do not know that workers' compensation benefits are mandated by the California Constitution. This tells us that the framers of this Constitution took the rights of injured workers very seriously and were committed to protecting them. However, the implementation of an actual system of benefits was left to the California Legislature.  Recent Legislative changes have clearly demonstrated that, for whatever reason, many of our State lawmakers do not truly share this commitment to protecting the rights of injured workers.
 
Injured workers throughout the State of California have had their benefits drastically reduced by the Legislature. In particular, permanent disability benefits and the right to medical treatment have been seriously affected. We consider this to be of grave concern, since the workers' compensation system is the "exclusive remedy" when one sustains an injury on the job. An injured worker cannot "opt out" of the system and proceed through civil litigation as an alternative. Since workers' compensation is "all there is", we hope that future Legislative changes will reflect a greater sensitivity to the very real needs of injured workers and their families.
 
Nobody ever plans on getting hurt at work, but on-the-job injuries are much more prevalent and much more devastating than most people realize. In spite of the fact that many important legal benefits have now been reduced, and some have even been eliminated, it is still essential for any California worker who sustains a serious job injury to obtain the assistance of competent legal counsel, and to do so before it is too late for a lawyer to provide any meaningful help. Here at the Frost Law Office, we remain committed to protecting the rights of all injured workers, and we will continue to do everything in our power, as attorneys, to obtain for our clients all the workers compensation benefits to which they are legally entitled.


If Workers' Compensation is a "no-fault" system, why do I need a lawyer?

Workers' compensation benefits are mandated by the California Constitution.   This tells us that the framers of this Constitution took the rights of injured workers very seriously and were committed to protecting them.   However, the implementation of an actual system of benefits was left to the California Legislature.  Recent Legislative changes have clearly demonstrated that, for whatever reason, many of our State lawmakers do not truly share this commitment to protecting the rights of injured workers.  As a result of increased political pressure from employer groups and the insurance industry, the Workers' Compensation laws have become extremely complicated.

Injured workers throughout the State of California have had their benefits drastically reduced by the Legislature. In particular, disability benefits and the right to medical treatment have been seriously affected.  We consider this to be of grave concern, since the workers' compensation system is the "exclusive remedy" when one sustains a injury on the job.  An injured worker cannot "opt out" of the system and proceed through civil litigation as an alternative.  Since workers' compensation is "all there is", we hope that future Legislative changes will reflect a greater sensitivity to the very real needs of injured workers and their families.

Nobody ever plans on getting hurt at work, but on-the-job injuries are much more prevalent and much more devastating than most people realize.  In spite of the fact that many important legal benefits have now been reduced, and some have even been eliminated, it is still essential for a California worker who sustains a serious job injury to obtain the assistance of competent legal counsel, an to do so before it is too late for a lawyer to provide any meaningful help.  Here at the Frost Law Office, we remain committed to protecting the rights of all injured workers, and we will continue to do everything in our power, as attorneys, to obtain for our clients all the workers' compensation benefits to which they are legally entitled.