It happens in California workplaces, all the time. A worker conscientiously going about his or her on-the-job duties suffers an unanticipated accident, illness or injury that requires medical treatment and a prolonged absence from work.
For obvious reasons, the implications of that can be dire for many employees and their families. Whether work can be performed or not, the bills continue to hit the mailbox. Food must be put on the table. Rent or mortgage payments must continue to be timely paid. Medical billing offices and other creditors will not call a temporary truce on money they claim they are owed.
The California workers' compensation regulatory scheme was put into place long ago to help workers respond to the sudden uncertainty and insecurities that follow a debilitating workplace injury.
Here's the thing, though, which we essentially underscore on our website at The Law Office of Ronald M. Stein, Attorney at Law, a law firm staunchly devoted to the zealous advocacy of injured California workers: The state's workers' comp program is replete with obstacles that in many instances make promptly and quickly securing benefits "an uphill climb for injured workers."
We are passionate about leveling the playing field, with the firm's principal bringing decades of tailored and on-point experience to bear on behalf of workers across the San Joaquin Valley and Central Valley, as well as other regions across California.
Employees -- both documented and undocumented workers (the latter are also eligible for California workers' comp benefits) -- suffer injury risks regardless of their occupation or industry they work in. Moreover, their injuries span a wide universe of possibilities.
We help them make their legal claim to the benefits they are owed, and we do so with resolute determination to secure the maximum compensation that is possible in every case.
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