At the Law Offices of Ainbinder & Pratt, we specialize in workers’ compensation law in Southern California and other parts of the state. That means an Ainbinder & Pratt attorney will have the necessary knowledge and expertise to discuss your case, review your claim options, and significantly improve your chances of winning workers’ compensation benefits. These may include:
If you can’t work because of your injuries, you are entitled to temporary disability checks. This will replace wages you have lost and may continue to lose. If a doctor has indicated you cannot return to work, meaning you are temporarily totally disabled, you are entitled to receive temporary disability (TD) benefits. TD benefits are based on how much you earn. You are entitled to 2/3 of your average weekly earnings.
If your injury is covered by workers’ compensation, your first temporary disability payment is due within 14 days after your employer learns that:
Not necessarily. You do not get paid for the first 3 days off work unless your disability lasts 14 days or more.
The amount you will receive for temporary disability depends on your average weekly earnings. This calculation is based on your wages from the year prior to the accident. If you are salaried and essentially receive the same amount every week, that will be your average weekly wage.
However, if your earnings have fluctuated, or if you have held multiple jobs or had various promotions, calculating average weekly earnings may be slightly more challenging. At the Law Offices of Ainbinder & Pratt, we take great care to make certain your average weekly wage is accurately calculated to maximize your benefits.
If your injury or illness results in a permanent impairment that reduces your ability to compete in the labor market, you may be entitled to permanent disability benefits. Your doctor can only determine the extent of permanent disability after your condition becomes “permanent and stationary,” or has reached maximum improvement and further change is not likely. The impairment is converted into a percentage that has a corresponding dollar figure set forth in the California Labor Code.
Once this amount is ascertained, you have different settlement options that a specialist lawyer at Ainbinder & Pratt will discuss with you. For example, you can receive monthly payments for a fixed amount of time depending on the value of the impairment along with lifetime future medical. Or, you can choose to receive one lump sum of money, buy out your future medical care, and close your case. It’s critical to choose a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer to explain your settlement options in detail.
Insurance companies have lawyers working for them – why not have lawyers working for you? It’s time to level the playing field. Unfortunately, we have many clients who come to us when the insurance company has already done so much damage to minimize their recovery. It is imperative to get to the right doctors who look out for YOUR interests (and not the employer or insurance company’s interest). It is also important that you are examined by a neutral doctor who will fairly and impartially address your injuries.
If you have been treating with a “company doctor,” you have likely experienced that unsettling feeling that your health is not a priority. Or that you are being rushed to get back to work, or to full duty if you are working modified duties. You should know that you are entitled to change your treating physician – and we can help you make that change. We can locate a doctor and set up an appointment for you. There is nothing you’ll need to do other than focus on your health and well-being.
When you hire our firm, one of our goals is to relieve your stress of dealing with doctors, paperwork, insurance adjusters, etc. When you hire our firm, you get to focus on getting better. Leave the dirty work to us. We have been handling workers’ compensation cases for over 45 years and know precisely how to get you the medical treatment, benefits, and compensation you’re entitled to under the law.
The workers’ compensation laws are steadily changing, especially since the “reforms” that took place in 2004. These new laws make it more difficult for injured workers to obtain medical treatment specifically and workers’ compensation benefits generally. Our lawyers stay current on the ever-changing workers’ compensation laws, which means drastically improving your chances at maximum workers’ compensation benefits. We charge no fees until we get compensation for you, and we accept clients on a contingent fee basis, so there is never any money due up front for our legal services. So don't wait, call our workers' compensation experts today and put our experience in your corner.
When you get injured at work, you shouldn’t have to face the process of recovery on your own. For over 20 years, the workers’ compensation attorneys at the Law Offices of Ainbinder & Pratt have been assisting injured victims across the state of California by winning compensation to help cover their medical expenses. If you’ve been injured on the job, call our firm today.