I’m sorry to hear that you were injured on the job in Los Angeles. You should speak with a Los Angeles workplace injury attorney. You have the right to be compensated following an on-the-job accident. An attorney can help advise you on the best course of action to take after your accident.
Employers in California are required to provide workers’ compensation insurance to their employees. Workers’ comp is an insurance program that will compensate workers who are injured on the job. Normally, workers’ compensation pays for an injured employee’s medical expenses, any permanent disability that may have occurred, and a portion of their lost wages while they are missing work. This payment is required regardless of who was at fault for the accident. An employee can obtain workers’ compensation even if the accident was caused by his or her own negligence.
If an employer provides workers’ compensation to its employees, by law the employer cannot be sued for any damages related to an on-the-job accident. However, there are other parties that could be held liable for the accident. If the accident was caused by anyone other than the employer or another employee, the third party could be financially responsible for the accident, and that party could be sued in a civil lawsuit. Typically, damages obtained in a lawsuit are higher than what can be obtained through workers’ compensation.
Call me, Conal Doyle, Los Angeles workers’ compensation attorney, at 310-651-8272 if you have been injured in an accident in Los Angeles. I can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.