Jul 8, 2020
When someone experiences an injury at work, workers’ compensation insurance provides five basic financial benefits to the injured party:
Under California Labor Code Section 3700, all California employers are required by law to provide workers’ compensation benefits to their employees. At Dordulian Law Group, we are experts at helping you win your workers’ compensation claim and collect the financial benefits you deserve.
With the emergence of COVID-19, some changes to workers’ compensation law have taken place. In May, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order extending workers’ compensation eligibility for California workers who contract the coronavirus, making it easier for them to file a claim for the much-needed benefits they deserve.
As COVID-19 continues to affect how and where we work, it’s important to remember that all California workers – regardless of immigration status – are covered by workers’ compensation insurance. In the event of an unfortunate injury, you have rights under the law and you are entitled to financial compensation.
Finding the best Los Angeles workers’ compensation attorney to handle your workplace injury claim can be time consuming. With so many lawyers in California, it can be difficult to differentiate the top-rated, experienced lawyers with high success rates from those with less expertise that could jeopardize the outcome of your case. Hiring an attorney to represent you and ensure you receive all the benefits you deserve can be the most important decision you make following a workplace injury.
We’ve put together a standard checklist of qualifications you will want to consider when searching for the most experienced lawyer to handle your workers’ compensation case. Our checklist will help you find the perfect workers’ compensation lawyer in the least amount of time so you can win your claim, receive the financial benefits that you are entitled to under the law, and begin your recovery process as soon as possible.
A simple Google search for ‘California workers’ compensation attorneys’ will generate nearly 3.5 million results. Searching through those many results to find a competent, top-rated attorney to handle your case is difficult enough. However, trying to find a lawyer who is a certified workers’ compensation specialist with the State Bar of California amid those millions of results can be nearly impossible. That’s because the prestigious title of Workers’ Compensation Law Specialist is extremely rare, with less than 2% of California attorneys holding the qualification.
At Dordulian Law Group, our Workers’ Compensation Division is led by certified specialist Charles Rondeau. Mr. Rondeau has more than 25 years of experience successfully representing injured workers. He is the former chairperson of the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Law Commission, and has had the honor and privilege of arguing some of the most important workers’ compensation cases before the California Supreme Court. Such cases include Valdez v. Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board in 2013, and State Compensation Insurance Fund v. Workers’ Compensation Insurance Fund (Sandhagen) in 2008. Additionally, Mr. Rondeau has argued before several District Courts of Appeal and has numerous published appellate decisions.
Additionally, Mr. Rondeau is a highly sought after presenter/guest speaker at conventions that teach California attorneys about workers’ compensation laws, keeping them apprised of changes and trends within the industry. In other words, Mr. Rondeau is such an expert at workers’ compensation law that he literally teaches other attorneys how to do their job effectively.
In short, our lead workers’ compensation attorney is an expert in all regards. He is renowned in the workers’ compensation law and employment law arenas, and has the knowledge and experience required to take on and win any type of workers’ compensation case. He is the exact type of lawyer you will want handling your important workers’ compensation case.
When searching for the perfect workers’ compensation lawyer to represent you, finding a certified specialist like Charles Rondeau can give you a significant advantage in winning your case and securing the largest benefits award for your injury. In other words, you should make every effort to find and hire a qualified and experienced attorney who also happens to be a certified workers’ compensation specialist.
Many firms advertise an ostensible commitment to clients by citing a team of experts that is available 24/7. However, as you may have already discovered while researching some of the supposed ‘top-rated’ workers’ compensation firms in California (specifically in the Los Angeles area), many firms don’t live up to the image they work hard to advertise and promote.
Hiring the best workers’ compensation attorney to handle your claim must be done as soon as possible following an injury. If you contact a firm and do not receive a timely response, that is a good indication you and your case will not be treated as a priority, and you will not receive the proper attention and support you deserve.
Many large ‘mega firms’ you may see advertised on television, radio, billboards, and the internet try to convince you that they will win your workers’ compensation claim and secure you the largest benefits award for damages. However, these firms tend to focus the majority of their efforts on the largest personal injury cases that will garner the largest award. Therefore, if your case isn’t of a catastrophic nature, it’s entirely possible that it will not be a priority to such a mega firm.
At Dordulian Law Group, we treat each of our clients as members of our extended family, and view every case – regardless of the size or specific circumstances – as our highest priority. When you’re injured at work, your life can be turned upside down in an instant, and knowing how to proceed and navigate the many important decisions that result from such an injury – such as negotiating with insurance companies, fighting for your right to obtain proper medical care, reimbursement on medical bills, and communicating with your employer’s insurance company to secure lost wages – can be stressful and overwhelming. But with Dordulian Law Group on your side, we make the process seamless and stress-free by handling all of these details on your behalf and allowing you to focus on what’s most important – your health and overall recovery following an injury.
If you have questions or concerns regarding your case, feel free to contact us online or by phone at 800-880-7777. We are available to provide the support and guidance you need day or night. Our expert team of attorneys, intake specialists, victim advocates, a retired LAPD detective, and general support staff are here for you each and every day. When you choose Dordulian Law Group, you can be sure that you will never be left alone searching for answers concerning your case, and you will have access to a support network comprised of a team of experts.
When injured at work, worrying about proving that the injury occurred in the workplace can weigh heavily on your mind. At Dordulian Law Group we have an expert investigation team led by a former Los Angeles Police Department detective with over 30 years of experience. Our lead investigator, Detective Moses Castillo, investigates all workers’ compensation cases to ensure that all the facts related to the circumstances of your injury are presented in court and applied to your claim.
With our investigative team overseeing your case, you never have to worry about outside influences (employers, insurance companies, etc.) distorting the truth and reducing the benefits you deserve. Having a full time investigator on staff is an attribute unique to Dordulian Law Group that is rarely, if ever, found at other firms. Our lead investigator’s years of experience and expertise offer an invaluable asset to our workers’ compensation clients. It’s yet another reason why Dordulian Law Group is the best choice for your workers’ compensation case, to give you the best chance at winning and securing the greatest benefits award to which you are entitled.
As we reported back in March, many workers do not report job-related injuries due to fear of being fired or disciplined. The same is true for workplace sexual harassment claims, which are significantly underreported due to similar fears. At Dordulian Law Group we believe the best way to curb this unfortunate cycle is by educating workers on their rights.
If you are injured on the job – whether through a serious workplace accident resulting in significant injuries that are immediately identifiable, or through a slowly lingering trauma from an injury that worsened over time without a specifically identifiable date such as a back pain – you have rights under the law, and we are here to ensure that you take advantage of the benefits available to you.
The most important step after sustaining an injury is to report that injury and file a claim as soon as possible. Even if you feel the injury is minor and might heal on its own, it’s best to consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney first so they can help determine whether or not you have a substantiated claim. Unfortunately, many workers neglect reporting an injury and filing a claim and as the injury worsens, they eventually become unable to work and are left without many options. That’s why it’s imperative that you report your injury – whether large or small – immediately to a top-rated Los Angeles workers’ compensation lawyer (and, if at all possible, a certified specialist).
Dordulian Law Group is a unique workers’ compensation firm based in Los Angeles that is unlike any other firm throughout California. We have the top resources – our workers’ compensation division led by a certified specialist with decades of experience, an expert investigator and former LAPD detective, etc. – that are typically only found at large ‘mega firms’ that may or may not treat you and your case as a priority.
Additionally, we provide you with the 24/7 support and guidance you deserve, which can typically only be found at boutique law firms. We make every workers’ case a top priority, and our results prove that our methods generate the best outcomes for our clients time and time again.
The Dordulian Law Group advantage means providing top resources and producing the greatest results (we have a 98% win record at trials) for our clients while maintaining one-on-one attention, care, and support. We are unlike any other firm because we combine the best of what ‘mega firms’ have to offer with the best of what boutique firms have to offer, making us the ultimate choice for workers’ compensation claims.
If you have been injured at work, please do not hesitate to contact us today for a free consultation. Even if you feel the injury is minor (or related to COVID-19), you should take the important step to be evaluated by our team to determine if you have a claim and if the injury could progress and leave you unable to work for an extended period of time. We are available by phone at 800-880-7777.
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