Rights of Injured Workers

Skilled Attorneys Diligently Protecting the Rights of Injured Workers in the Central Valley

Providing representation beyond workers’ compensation

An injured worker in California is eligible to receive workers’ compensation in most cases. Workers’ compensation generally pays medical bills and lost wages. In addition, injured workers may be able to sue their employers to recover additional damages. An experienced attorney at Perez, Williams, Medina & Rodriguez, LLP cannot turn back the clock and reverse your injury, but a lawyer can fight for you to help you receive fair compensation for all your losses.

When can I sue my employer outside workers’ compensation?

Ever since the nation’s first workers’ compensation law in the early 1900s, there has been a trade-off between labor and management: the worker does not have to prove liability, and the employer is immune from a lawsuit. In some cases, California law may still allow an injured Central Valley worker to bring a lawsuit if:

  • Your injury resulted from the employer’s intentional or egregious conduct.
  • Your employer does not carry workers’ compensation insurance.

Just because your injury occurred at work does not necessarily mean that the employer is solely responsible. We can help you identify a responsible third party, such as a co-worker or driver. If you were injured in the Central Valley because of a toxic substance, you may have a claim against the manufacturer of that substance. Likewise, if you were injured by a defective product, you may have a claim against the product’s manufacturer.

What damages could I receive?

Even if you are limited to workers’ compensation, you may still be eligible for Social Security disability benefits, health insurance benefits or other benefits. If you sue your employer in court, you may be able to recover money damages for your pain and suffering, money to compensate you for disfiguring injuries, and damages for loss of consortium and loss of comfort. If the jury finds that your employer’s conduct was intentional or egregious, you may also be awarded punitive damages to punish the employer and deter future wrongful conduct. An experienced personal injury attorney can evaluate your case and offer a fair assessment of the damages you might expect to recover.

Connect with a Fresno law firm with a successful past helping with your claim

Perez, Williams, Medina & Rodriguez, LLP is a Fresno-based law firm with the resources to fully prosecute your personal injury claim. We have a legacy of obtaining successful results for satisfied clients. Contact our personal injury and workers’ compensation law firm at 559-445-0123 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.