Have You Suffered a Serious Work Injury?
- Are You Worried About Returning to Work?
- Are you Getting Adequate Medical Care?
- Has Your Workers Compensation Claim Been Denied?
Sacramento Workers’ Compensation lawyers helping those that have been seriously injured at work.
Mehlhop & Vogt Law Offices has been exclusively devoted to workers’ compensation in the Sacramento area since 1987. The Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California has granted Mr. Mehlhop certified specialist status in this area of the law.
Before workers’ compensation, injured workers had to sue their employers to recover medical costs and lost wages. Lawsuits took months and sometimes years. Juries and judges had to decide who was at fault and how much, if anything, would be paid. Too often, the injured worker got nothing. It was costly, time consuming and unfair. Today, workers’ compensation is faster and fairer.
If you cannot work because of a job injury, workers’ compensation pays your medical bills and provides money to help replace your lost income until you can return to work. Contact our workers comp attorney for consultation today.
Our office serves people in Sacramento, West Sacramento, Stockton, Davis, Vacaville, Fairfield, Lincoln, Modesto, Elk Grove, Colfax, Auburn, Wilton, Jackson, Lodi and surrounding Northern California areas. If you were injured at work and you need the assistance of a work injury attorney, call Bart L. Mehlhop at (916) 930-9675 for a free workers’ compensation case evaluation.
Workers Compensation Attorneys Are On Your Side
Have you suffered a serious work injury? Contact our attorneys for FREE consultation about your California workers’ compensation claim benefits. We’ve been helping injured workers since 1987 and are certified by the State Bar of California.
Call (916) 930-9675 and speak with an experienced Workers’ Compensation attorney now.
Frequently Asked Questions
1) What is the amount of attorney fees in a workers’ compensation claim?
There is no charge for the initial consultation in a workers’ compensation claim. Attorney fees are payable on a “contingency basis.” This means that if there is no recovery there is no fee. The attorney receives a percentage of the settlement or award at the end of the case. If a person chooses to be represented by an attorney, the attorney fees will be deducted from the settlement at the end. Attorney fees are normally 15% of the benefits awarded.
2) Am I entitled to other benefits?
If you have an injury or illness serious enough to prevent you from returning to work, you may be eligible for Social Security disability if you have been off work for 5 months or more. To qualify, you must have paid into the Social Security system in 20 of the last 40 quarters, and are likely to be off work one full year or longer. If you feel this applies to you, contact an attorney for more information.
Public employees who have retirement programs other than Social Security, may be eligible for disability benefits under the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS), State Teachers’ Retirement System (STRS) or county, city or other retirement systems. Under certain situations you may also be eligible for State Disability Insurance, Unemployment Insurance, Long Term Disability etc.
3) The insurance company is providing all benefits, should I wait to hire an attorney?
Unfortunately, many injured workers wait until it is too late, or a crisis has occurred, before they consider hiring a workers compensation lawyer in Sacramento CA. The injured worker should consider the following facts:
- The insurance company’s interests are not the same as those of the injured worker.
- The workers’ compensation system is highly complex, with many procedural requirements and time limitations.
- The insurance company has attorneys who represent their interests regarding the extent of your workers’ compensation benefits.
If an injured worker retains an attorney, there is no charge for the interview or for any services along the way. The attorney fee is 15% on all cases.
Injured workers usually consider retaining an attorney if they feel they are at a disadvantage in dealing with the insurance company, or any time that benefits are being denied. An injured worker should also consider having an attorney when they are going to have a need for continuing or lifetime medical care, or if they are going to end up with a permanent disability.
If a worker has a permanent disability but does not have an attorney, they are required to select a doctor off of a three doctor panel. The claim will be resolved based upon that doctor’s report. Unfortunately, if the worker does not agree with this doctor’s opinion, they do not then have the right to get a second medical opinion. Essentially, the injured worker is stuck with that doctor’s opinion. However, if the injured worker is represented by an attorney, the attorney can refer the worker to any qualified medical examiner. The attorney can select a doctor who will listen to all of the symptoms of the injured worker and prepare a report for the injured worker, not the company.
If the injury was caused by the negligence of someone other than the employer or a co-employee, an injured worker should consult with an attorney as soon as possible following an injury. In that case, an injured worker may have the right to bring a personal injury action in addition to a workers’ compensation claim. There are strict time guidelines in which a claim would have to be brought. Merely because a person is continuing to receive workers’ compensation benefits does not mean that the statute of limitations against the negligent party does not run. As a result, it is extremely important that an attorney be consulted in those types of cases.
4) What Is the Statute of Limitations?
If you are injured at work, you must file for Workers’ Compensation within the Statue of Limitations, which are strict time limits set by law. Although there are many exceptions, the Statute of Limitations generally is one year from the date of injury. If you delay, or fail to report a work-related injury or illness, no matter what kind or how severe, your benefits may be delayed or denied. Because changes in the law have become effective different times, there may be different time limits depending on the date of injury.
During your case, you will receive notices from your employer. You must respond to these notices before the deadline, or benefits may be severely affected. There are many exceptions to the Statues of Limitations in Workers’ Compensation. If in doubt, consult an attorney.
Contact Sacramento Workers Compensation Attorney for Help
Have you suffered a serious work injury? Contact our Sacramento workers compensation attorney for FREE consultation about your California workers compensation claim benefits. We’ve been helping injured workers since 1987 and are certified by the State Bar of California.
Give us a call at (916) 930-9675 to speak to a work comp attorney in Sacramento now.
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There was excellent communication. If I didn’t understand something, Adam explained it. I was informed of what to be expected as the case was moving along. Very satisfied with the service.
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I am very pleased with the services provided by Mehlhop & Vogt. The firm knows what they are doing and gets stuff done! I always felt respected and cared for. Adam always answered my questions right away and with great detail.
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I liked the way Mr. Mehlhop handled my case, he was very professional at all times. I feel like he did the best he could considering my wages.
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Thank you so much for all your continuous advice and legal expertise as I started and finally completed by workers comp case and follow-ups for disability through SCIF & SDI. I surely do appreciate all that you have done for me these past three years. I spoke for quite some time with [another specialist in Social security] (as you recommended) and she was very candid and helpful for me. I have chosen not to reapply/appeal Social Security Disability and am now purging and all my files to the trash. New year – different beginnings. You helped me through the most difficult time in my life and I cannot thank you enough. Should I ever be of help to you in any way do not hesitate to call.