Workers Compensation

Through the State Bar we are a Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist

Experienced Workers’ Compensation Lawyers in Southern California

Have you been hurt on the job? At Perona, Langer, Beck and Harrison, our dedicated legal team is committed to providing exceptional legal representation for injured workers navigating the complicated Workers’ Compensation system. When it comes to safeguarding your rights and securing the monetary compensation and medical treatment you deserve, our experienced workers’ compensation lawyers in Southern California are here to guide you through every step of the process.

Why Choose Our Workers’ Compensation Lawyers?

At Perona, Langer, Beck and Harrison, we understand the complexities of workers’ compensation law and the challenges you may face after sustaining a workplace injury. Unlike many other firms, every case is handled by a licensed California attorney, including California Bar Certified Worker’s Compensation Specialists.

Here’s what sets our workers’ compensation law firm apart:

  • Our firm has decades of experience in workers’ compensation cases and has recovered over a billion dollars in compensation for our clients.
  • Our attorneys have frequently served as Judge Pro Tem for the Worker’s Compensation Appeals Board.
  • Our workers’ compensation lawyers understand each case is unique and tailor our legal strategies accordingly.
  • We work on a contingency fee basis, so you won’t pay us unless we secure compensation for you.
  • We offer risk-free, no-obligation consultations so you have nothing to lose by calling us.
  • Through the State Bar we are a Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist.

We have decades of experience in workers’ compensation cases. In the past 15 years alone, we have secured over a billion dollars in benefits and awards for our clients. You can trust us to fight hard to secure the best possible result in your case, too.

Have you been injured at work? Contact our Workers’ Compensation lawyers in Southern California today to learn more about your options!

Types of Workers’ Compensation Cases We Handle

Our experienced workers’ compensation lawyers handle a wide range of cases, including but not limited to: All orthopedic injuries, psychological/stress related injuries, toxic exposure injuries, and catastrophic injuries.

Your injury could occur from a single event, or even be built up from years of work.

Who is Eligible for Workers’ Compensation in California?

In California, all employees, regardless of their employment status (full-time, part-time, or seasonal), are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. It also does not matter how many employees your employer has. Whether you work for a large corporation or a small business, your employer must provide workers’ compensation insurance, except for rare exemptions.

We represent individuals across a broad array of industries, including first responders, health care workers, construction workers, industrial workers, drivers, business professionals, and more! If you were recently injured at work and are wondering when you should get in contact with our workers’ compensation lawyers, the answer is now. 

What Damages Can You Seek in a Workers’ Compensation Case?

When pursuing a workers’ compensation case, you may be eligible to seek various forms of compensation, including: 

  • All necessary medical treatments related to your workplace injury or illness.
  • Temporary disability benefits if your injury prevents you from working.
  • Permanent disability benefits to compensate for lasting impairments or disabilities.
  • Assistance with job retraining or finding suitable employment if you can no longer perform your previous job.
  • California’s Return-to-Work Fund Supplement Payment
  • Death benefits for surviving family members in the unfortunate event of a work-related fatality.

Our firm will work tirelessly to get you the maximum compensation that you deserve. We also work solely on contingency so we will never collect any lawyer’s fees unless we obtain the compensation to which you are entitled. 

Why You Need a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

Navigating the workers’ compensation process in California can be complex, and the insurance company is not there to help you. Hiring an attorney from the beginning is vital to ensure that you do not become another victim of the worker’s compensation system. From selecting the right primary care physicians, to taking your case to trial, we will guide you each step of the way.

Contact Our Experienced Workers’ Compensation Lawyers in Southern California Today for No-Risk Representation

Don’t face the challenges of a workers’ compensation claim alone! Having an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer assisting with your claim from the very start is highly advantageous to your case. We have decades of experience overturning insurance denials, obtaining the proper medical care, and procuring the highest settlements for our clients. Give our office a call today at (800) 435-7542 for your free consultation.

Workers' Compensation Extended Hours

We Are Here Late To Help You With Your Claim

Mon – Thurs: 8:00am – 5:00pm
(Online Case Submission till 10:00pm)
Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
(Online Case Submission till 8:00pm)
Saturday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
(Online Case Submission till 6:00pm)
Sunday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
(Online Case Submission till 5:00pm)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I get benefits if my claim is denied?

The answer is dependent on the reason why your claim is denied. There are many reasons why a claim may be denied and each case is different. Some reasons why your claim may be denied include the insurance company/employer claiming (1) you were not an actual employee; (2) you gave notice of your workers’ compensation injury only after your employment ended; (3) there is insufficient medical evidence to substantiate a claim; (4) your claim is barred by a statute of limitations; (5) that your injury did not arise out of or in the course and scope of your employment, etc. We are sometimes able to request a hearing and go to trial on the issue of why your claim is denied to ask the judge to determine whether or not your claim is compensable. If a judge determines your case is compensable, you may be able to obtain benefits.

Q: How do I get Temporary Disability for my accepted case?

There must be medical evidence indicating you’re temporarily disabled in order for you to obtain Temporary Disability benefits. In addition, most insurance companies will not pay temporary disability benefits if you are not treating with a doctor within the employer’s Medical Provider Network. However, when an employer fails to provide medical treatment, leaving you to obtain treatment outside of the Medical Provider Network, TD benefits may still be obtained.

Q: How do I get treatment?

Unfortunately, the insurance companies make it extremely difficult to obtain medical treatment. Oftentimes employers do not even respond to demands for basic information as to whom the workers’ compensation insurance carrier even is and many employers do not comply with the California requirement to register information regarding their workers’ compensation insurance carrier. Once the insurance company is determined, we usually have to demand information regarding their Medical Provider Network and where we can locate their list of doctors. Once we have tried to locate a doctor, we are almost always unable to make an appointment without prior authorization from the insurance company. Once authorization is obtained, an appointment is made.

Q: What do I do when my medical treatment is denied by the insurance company or they aren’t responding to requests for authorization?

Just as it is difficult to even schedule an appointment with a physician, it is even more difficult to get treatment authorized. We believe that approximately 90% of the requests for authorization for treatment, medication, etc., by the doctors are denied by the insurance companies. If the request for authorization for treatment is denied and your claim is an accepted claim, the issue can go through the Independent Medical Review process to try to overturn the insurance company’s decision to deny the requested treatment.

Q: What happens when my doctor releases me to go back to work but I’m still injured and can’t work?

When you are released to return to work by your Primary Treating Physician, Panel Qualified Medical Examiner, or Agreed Medical Examiner, you are usually provided with work restrictions which take into consideration your injuries and the need to avoid reinjuring or causing further injuries. If your employer has available work within the work restrictions given to you, you should try to work with the work restrictions. If your employer offers you modified work and you refuse to accept it, any permanent disability benefits you may be entitled to could be subject to a 15% decrease. If your employer does not offer you any work within your work restrictions, you may be entitled to a 15% increase in any permanent disability benefits to which you may be entitled. Your employer may be required to accommodate your restrictions. If they terminate you based on accommodations needed then our firm’s Employment Department may be able to assist further.

Q: What happens when my work restrictions are not accommodated by my employer and they refuse to take me back?

Your employer should attempt to accommodate any work restrictions you may have and if they are unable to do so, you may qualify for a re-training voucher. If your employer is not cooperating with you or your are terminated based on work accommodations needed, then our firm’s Employment Department may be able to assist further.

Q: When is my case going to settle?

There is no set schedule on your when you case is going to settle and offers to settle your case are controlled by the insurance companies. Generally, a physician will declare you “permanent and stationary” prior to any offers being made, although that is not always the case. In addition, not every case will settle. Many cases will proceed to trial for a judge to determine what you are to receive in your case.

Q: How much is my case worth?

There are many factors that determine what your case is worth, including (1) the “whole person impairment” which is given by your Primary Treating Physician, Panel Qualified Medical Examiner, or Agreed Medical Examiner when you are declared “permanent and stationary”; (2) apportionment attributes to other factors (such as pre-existing injuries, degenerative issues, non-industrial causes, etc.); (3) any defenses raised by the insurance company concerning the compensability of your claim; (4) your age; and/or (5) your occupation, etc.

Q: When will I get to talk to my attorney?

It depends on the needs in your case. However, our attorneys spend most of their time out of the office fighting for our clients, but have a support staff to assist them in answering your questions. Our support staff is trained to answer many of the questions you have concerning your case and acts as a liaison between you and your attorney. If your question can not be answered at the time of your call, we will do our best to obtain the answer or resolution to the issue. In addition, should your deposition be scheduled or any hearing in your case scheduled, you will have an attorney present with you.

Q: Will I have to pay for any medical bills?

Pursuant to California Labor Code Section 3751(b), “If an employee has filed a claim form …, a provider of medical services shall not, with actual knowledge that a claim is pending, collect money directly from the employee for services to cure or relieve the effects of the injury for which the claim form was filed …”

Workers Comp Disclaimer:
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.