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If you are injured – either at work, or at home, or at any other location – we will help you to get your maximum compensation.

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Workers Compensation

If you’ve suffered an injury because of your job in California, you may be entitled to benefits under California's Workers Compensation Act. If you’re an eligible employee with a work-related injury or illness, the law requires your California employer to pay for your medical treatment and partial wage replacement while you’re away from work and recovering.

What is the cost?

Our workers’ compensation attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. We are getting paid a percentage of your settlement award. However, your attorney will not receive any portion of your medical costs or your temporary disability payments.

What to expect?

While your claim is being considered, the insurance company is legally responsible for up to $10,000 of your medical costs, even if it ultimately denies the claim. If your doctor says that you can’t do any part of your job for a while because of your work-related injury or illness, you’re entitled to temporary disability (TD).

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What is the Subsequent Injuries Benefit Trust Fund (SIBTF)?

The Subsequent Injuries Benefits Trust Fund (SIBTF) was formerly known as the Subsequent Injuries Fund (SIF). These are complex cases involving catastrophic injuries.

A SIF case is present when pre-exisiting disability combines with a subsequent industrial injury to produce a current disability of seventy percent (70%) or more. The idea behind SIF cases is for the State to pay handicapped workers who suffer a subsequent industrial injury. The employer is insulated from liability and thus they are encouraged to hire handicapped or disabled workers.

Specifically, SIF cases provide additional benefits under specified circumstances when an employee with a prior disability suffers a subsequent workplace injury. The SIF provides compensation “for the remainder of the combined permanent disability existing after the last injury” (§ 4751) less the amount of all benefits received by the employee on account of the preexisting disability (§ 4753).

“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.” (Lab. Code § 5432(a); Ins. Code § 1871.4)
Experiecne Img

The Social Security Act

defines disability as follows:

The inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of a medically determinable impairment, physical or mental (or combination of impairments), which can be expected to result in death, or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 continuous months. 42 U.S.C. § 423(d)(1) & 20 C.F.R. § 404.1505

• The definition of disability is the same for both Title II (SSDI) and Title XVI (SSI) benefits.
• Disability is established based upon limitations caused by medically determinable impairments, not by diagnosis alone.

A claimant can have concurrent SSDI and SSI claims pending concurrently. However, the claims must usually be filed separately.

• Title II, SSDI, DIB
• To be entitled to Disability Insurance Benefits, a claimant must have worked, and paid into the system, long enough to be fully insured to receive same.

• Title XVI, SSI, or SSID
• A welfare based Social Security program based on financial need.
– Unlike Title II, SSI is not based on eligible quarters or how much a claimant worked.
– Must be financially eligible.


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