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California Workers' Compensation Attorney and Disability Advocate

Employees are entitled to Workers' Compensation benefits for workplace injuries — no matter who is at fault

Even if you contributed to the conditions that led to a workplace accident, you as an employee are entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits for any accidental injuries that occur on-the-job or during the course of employment. The Workers' Compensation system in California is a no-fault system that involves a trade-off.  Employers are required to carry insurance to compensate sick or injured workers who sustain injuries on the job.  In exchange, the employee promises not to sue the employer directly and to instead sue the insurance company for injuries occurring on the job.

The problem with this system is that employees are sometimes unfamiliar with the nuances of Workers' Compensation law and simply give up hope if their initial application for benefits has been denied. At the law offices of Joseph M. Pluta, Attorney at Law, we are here to help you understand the law and get the disability benefits to which you are entitled so that you can afford the necessary medical treatment as well as various related expenses.  If you have been injured at work, you may be entitled to compensation for the following:

  • Costs of medical care
  • Temporary disability benefits
  • Permanent disability benefits
  • Supplemental job displacement benefits
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Death benefits

The law limits the time you have to file your workplace injury claim.

Under the Workers’ Compensation system in California, you have one year from the date you knew about or should have known about your physical injuries to report your injuries first to your employer's human resource department and then to the California Department of Industrial Relations.  If you fail to file your claim in time, you may waive your right to workers' compensation benefits.  The following types of on-the-job accidents, injuries and illnesses are compensable under the Workers' Compensation program:

Orthopedic injuries

  • Repetitive stress syndrome
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Heavy equipment lifting injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Torn ACL/MCL
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Severed limbs and amputations
  • Broken limbs
  • Head injuries
  • Cuts and contusions

Workplace accidents

  • Defective machinery accidents
  • Oil rig accidents
  • Fires or explosions
  • Electrocution
  • Slip, trip and fall injuries

Occupational diseases and exposures

  • Hearing loss
  • Toxic exposures
  • Black lung disease
  • Cancer, skin rashes or other diseases

Get the advice you need to seek the disability benefits you deserve.

Knowing your rights under the law is the first step toward obtaining the Workers' Compensation benefits you deserve. Talk to Joseph M. Pluta, Attorney at Law to discuss your Workers' Compensation rights and options.  Located in Bakersfield, our office serves employees in Workers' Compensation disputes against insured business owners and employers throughout Bakersfield, Edison, Tupman, Woody, Wasco, Lamont, Caliente, Arvin, Richgrove, Glennville, Weldon and Kern County. Call (661) 829-4256 or contact us to talk to our dedicated disability advocate today.

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"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."