Frequently Asked Questions
Answers from Our Sacramento Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Workers’ compensation cases can be complicated. When you’ve
been injured on the job, it is important that you seek the professional
assistance of a knowledgeable and dedicated Sacramento attorney. From
initial paperwork to seeking the compensation that you need to cover your
costs, it is important that you speak to Smolich & Smolich.
We answer some of your frequently asked questions below. If you have a case,
contact our Sacramento workers’ compensation lawyers toll-free at 888.452.0703 or locally at 916-571-0400 to schedule your
free initial consultation.
What kind of injuries does workers’ compensation cover?
Any injury that you suffer on the job can be covered in a workers’
compensation claim. This includes
cumulative trauma injuries,
industrial accidents, and
career-ending injuries. Whether you are seeking temporary disability for an issue that you can
recover from, or if you will no longer be able to return to you job, our
lawyers work with you to get the compensation that you need.
What benefits am I entitled to?
Temporary benefits can be awarded to workers who are expected to return to their jobs after
a period and rest and recovery. For major injuries that will prevent you
from going back to work,
Social Security Disability (SSD) may be appropriate. Other
benefits, such as death benefits when a family member dies on the job or money
to help pay for your
medical treatment, may also be awarded through a workers’ compensation claim.
Is there a time limit to file a claim for compensation?
In general, the statute of limitations to file a workers’ compensation
claim is a year after the date of your injury. Failure to file within
this time frame can delay your benefits or cause your claim to be denied
outright. However, there are also many exceptions, so speaking with a
Sacramento workers’ compensation lawyer about your specific situation
is very important.
What if my employer was not responsible for my injury?
Third-party negligence claims are intended for those who were injured on the job due to a defective
product or piece of equipment, a third-party driver, or other businesses
or venders. Filing this type of claim can help you seek compensation even
when your employer’s insurance is not liable.