Whether you were injured on a specific date or developed symptoms over time, getting injured while working means that you have a Workers’ Compensation case. Under California law you are entitled to medical treatment, wage replacement benefits and compensation for permanent disability. It sounds simple, however, the parties that are required to provide these benefits—billion dollar insurance companies or employers—are profit driven entities focused on minimizing costs. This means they try to limit the care you receive, limit the wage replacement benefits paid and limit any permanent disability payments that you may be entitled to. Workers’ Compensation insurance companies have armies of lawyers, doctors and claims managers focused on closing your case with the minimum amount of treatment and compensation.
A Workers’ Compensation lawyer fights for one person and one person only, YOU. We handle the insurance company, we respond to letters and requests for information, we act on all deadlines and move your case forward to its conclusion. It is important to me that every client that we represent has one job and one job only: to focus on recovery. At the Law Offices of Peter M. Gimbel we create a personal relationship with every client so that we can tailor the strategy and representation to each particular case. Unlike many other offices, we do not take a one-size fits all approach. We believe it is important to get to know our clients and tailor a case strategy that fits each specific situation.
Workers' Compensation lawyers are paid by contingency fee. In a contingent fee arrangement, the lawyer agrees to accept a fixed percentage (15%) of the total settlement. This means the lawyer is paid only if they win you money.
There are many issues that arise in Workers’ Compensation cases.
Here is a short list of some of the more common issues that Workers Compensation attorneys regularly litigate:
Cumulative Trauma/Repetitive Stress Claims
Specific Injury Claims
Medical Treatment Disputes
Utilization Review Disputes (UR)
Independent Medical Review (IMR)
Temporary Disability Compensation
Temporary Partial Disability Compensation
Modified Duty Disputes
Permanent Disability Disputes
Permanent & Stationary/Maximum Medical Improvement Disputes
Qualified Medical Evaluation Issues
Life Pension Cases
100% Disability Cases
Subsequent Injury Benefits Trust Fund Cases
Sudden and Extraordinary Injuries
Commutation of Permanent Disability Awards
Stipulation and Award Settlements
Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit Disputes
Compromise and Release Settlements