Unfortunately, a catastrophic injury can make it impossible to engage in gainful employment. It can also prevent an individual from interacting with friends, family, and their community as they once had. Instead of pursuing work, dreams, and relationships, victims of catastrophic injuries are forced to cope with years of medical care and treatment and often social isolation.
But Mahooti Law Group can help you get to the best mental and physical doctors in the worker’s compensation system so you can resume a happy, healthy life. This may be a life-altering situation, but our friendly team is here to help you navigate the process. Call 213-674-7515 for a free consultation today.(213) 674-7515
Mahooti Law Group — Passionate Attorney for the Injured Worker
If you or someone you love has suffered a catastrophic injury, seasoned attorney Lila Mahooti can help you recover a workers’ compensation payout that will genuinely make a difference in your life and help you address the losses you and your loved ones have suffered.
We offer free consultations and case reviews for all potential clients. We also take cases on a contingency-fee basis, meaning you pay nothing upfront.
How Can a Catastrophic Injury Attorney at Mahooti Law Group Help Me?
Lila Mahooti and her team can help you maximize your workers’ compensation benefits. They can also send you to the best doctors in the workers’ compensation directory.
Injured workers have the right to pursue workers’ compensation benefits, but they can sometimes run into problems due to the complex nature of the system. They may also face insurance companies who do not want to pay out workers’ comp benefits. These obstacles can prove to be overwhelming and, sadly, sometimes discourage workers from fighting to get the compensation they deserve.
How Lila Mahooti, Workers’ Compensation Attorney, Can Help You
Lila Mahooti works diligently to help her clients overcome these challenges and other obstacles. Her experience as a former insurance defense lawyer makes her a formidable advocate for injured workers needing benefits.
As a victim of a catastrophic injury, you deserve to have a skilled professional fighting for your right to compensation while you get well. Lila Mahooti and her team will handle every aspect of your claim and work diligently to ensure you receive a payout worthy of the suffering you have experienced.
Call 213-674-7515 today to schedule a free consultation.
What Does Workman’s Compensation Cover?
Workers’ compensation in California offers five basic levels of coverage. The circumstances of your work injury determine which of these five levels of coverage you are entitled to.
Medical Treatment and Care
Workers’ compensation covers the medical treatment and cares you need to address your catastrophic injury, including:
- Emergency treatment
- Doctor visits
- Hospital stays
- Medical transportation services
- Diagnostic testing and lab work
Workers’ compensation may also cover long-term medical care and treatment, typically necessary for workers who suffer catastrophic injuries.
Temporary Disability Benefits
Workers’ compensation pays workers a portion of their pre-accident wage while they recover. The benefit works out to two-thirds of what a worker used to make. This is capped at the state maximum, which is determined by law.
Permanent Disability Benefits
Permanent disability payments are reserved for workers who suffer long-term or permanent injuries. If you experience a catastrophic injury at work, you will likely be eligible for permanent disability benefits.
Your injury may not have been severe enough to prevent you from working again, but you may be unable to return to your previous career due to your limitations. To this end, vocational rehabilitation counselors can evaluate your current strengths and capabilities, then help you reenter the workforce.
Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits
If you suffer a catastrophic injury on the job and are eligible for permanent disability benefits, you may qualify to receive a voucher that can be put toward skill enhancement or retraining expenses for future employment.
If you do receive the voucher, you may also be entitled to receive a payment under the Return-to-Work Supplemental Program, but only if your injury happened in 2013 or later.
If a catastrophic injury causes the death of a worker, the worker’s spouse and children may be entitled to receive monetary payments for support. The amount is based on the number of dependents and whether they are partial or total dependents.
With one dependent, the payout is $250,000. The payout for two dependents increases to $290,000, while a total of three or more dependents warrants a payout of $320,000. Partial dependents can expect a reduced amount.
In a death benefit claim, the family may also receive up to $10,000 for burial and funeral expenses.
What Is a Catastrophic Injury?
A catastrophic injury is one that leaves a victim unable to engage in any gainful employment permanently or for a substantially long period.
It also typically interrupts an individual’s personal life, interfering with their ability to engage in social relationships and preventing them from interacting with the community.
Unfortunately, catastrophic injuries can be dream killers, forcing victims to reimagine their futures to compensate for their devastating injuries. Lila Mahooti understands this and will fight to ensure you recover your quality of life via workers’ compensation benefits.
Here are common examples of catastrophic injuries:
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
A TBI occurs when the brain experiences blunt-force or piercing trauma. When severe enough, a TBI typically results in a catastrophic injury.
Many TBI victims find themselves bedridden or unable to walk. Others deal with recurring and debilitating seizures, crippling cognitive issues, and other neurological problems that keep them from living normally.
Spinal Cord Injury
Catastrophic spinal cord injuries can lead to paralysis, loss of sensation and motor function, and severe depression and anxiety.
Victims may need to learn to adapt to a life without the full use of their limbs, along with a host of neurological issues.
Amputations are physically, psychologically, and emotionally catastrophic.
Victims of these severe injuries may struggle to adapt to life without certain body parts and face overwhelming physical and emotional pain.
Catastrophic burns leave victims with visible, crippling injuries.
Although medical treatment can work wonders for burn victims, those who experience catastrophic burns have injuries that forever scar their bodies and minds.
Loss of Eyesight
Partial or permanent loss of eyesight can be caused by direct trauma or injury to the eyes or brain.
Despite advances in medical science, vision loss still remains permanent for many victims.
Multiple fractures can work together to permanently disable an individual.
They subject victims to a life of pain, ongoing medical treatment, and lengthy rehabilitation.
How Can a Catastrophic Injury Be Sustained at Work?
There is no such thing as a job that is 100% safe from catastrophic injuries. A catastrophic injury can occur at any worksite or workplace, regardless of how safe it may appear. With that being said, there are certain types of situations that carry a higher risk.
Vehicle accidents are a major cause of catastrophic injuries due to the extraordinary forces generated in a crash.
Therefore, any form of employment that requires workers to spend time in vehicles — such as truck drivers, delivery drivers, and many other types of employment — puts employees at a higher risk of suffering a catastrophic injury.
Falls are among the most common causes of catastrophic injuries across all industries, most notably in construction and maintenance.
Sadly, many fall accidents are preventable and are caused by inadequate safety measures, such as non-existent perimeter protections and fall-arrest equipment. They can also happen when these safety measures are in place but are defective.
However, falls that lead to catastrophic injuries can occur in many other industries. For example, warehouse workers, tree trimmers, and window washers often work at heights where a fall could cause a catastrophic injury.
Heavy equipment must be safely operated at all times. Employees working near heavy equipment must also be aware of the dangers that heavy equipment presents.
However, improper training and other forms of negligence commonly lead to workers suffering tragic yet preventable catastrophic injuries.
Defective products cause a false sense of security. Users of these products do not expect them to malfunction. When they do, catastrophic injuries are sometimes the result.
Some instances of defective products that could cause catastrophic injuries on the job include:
- Power tools
- Heavy equipment
Defective gear and equipment can also lead to catastrophic injury by failing to provide the necessary protection.
If not executed properly, planned explosions (such as those on construction sites) can produce devastating forces that incapacitate and kill. Failure to implement and execute proper safety protocols can result in catastrophic injuries.
Unplanned and unexpected explosions can occur anywhere where gas or other explosive materials are present. In these situations, a failure in the gas delivery system is often the cause.
Exposure to Toxic Chemicals
Exposure to toxic chemicals is a risk in many industrial and construction settings, but it can occur in various industries. Workers who come into contact with dangerous substances can face serious injuries to their lungs, skin, eyes, or internal organs.
Not all catastrophic workplace injuries happen by accident. Sometimes, these incidents are perpetrated by individuals who intend to do harm. The party to blame could be anyone, including an employee, manager, client, or member of the public.
While many of these incidents are carried out with firearms, perpetrators can use all sorts of implements to cause catastrophic injuries, including vehicles, explosives, and heavy machinery.
How to Maximize Compensation During a Lawsuit
If you experience a catastrophic injury at work, you will need workers’ compensation to help you offset your losses. But it’s important to note that there are things you can do to help you maximize the amount of compensation you receive for your injuries.
Report the Accident Immediately
If your employer is not aware of your accident when it occurs, don’t hesitate to report it to your manager. If you are unable to immediately report the accident, you can have someone else inform your employer.
Seek Medical Attention
You will need immediate medical attention if you experience a catastrophic injury at work, so call first responders or have someone take you to the hospital as soon as possible. Doing so can save your life and prevent your injuries from getting worse. It also establishes an official record of your injuries and their cause.
Follow Up on Medical Treatment
Due to their serious nature, catastrophic injuries usually require multiple visits with a doctor or specialist. You may need to attend physical therapy. Make sure to abide by all medical instructions so you don’t exacerbate your injuries or jeopardize your claim.
Write Down Witness Information
Witnesses can play an important role in your workers’ comp case. So make a list of everyone at the scene, including their full names, job titles, and contact information.
Document How Your Injury Has Affected Your Life
To get maximum compensation in your claim, you must document how your catastrophic injury has negatively impacted your life.
By recording your pain and experiences, you can show how you can no longer engage in the activities and events you used to. You can also demonstrate the mental and emotional toll of your injuries.
File Your Claim Within a Year
Generally, after informing your employer of your injuries and receiving treatment, you have one year from the incident to pursue a workers’ compensation claim. So it’s important that you don’t hesitate when pursuing compensation.
However, in some cases, you may still be able to receive benefits after one year has passed. To find out whether you’re eligible for workers’ compensation, talk to Lila Mahooti at Mahooti Law Group.
Meet with a Catastrophic Injury Attorney from Mahooti Law Group
Meeting with catastrophic injury attorney Lila Mahooti is the best way to maximize your workers’ compensation claim.
Our team will know precisely what steps to take to help you receive the highest payout possible. While the claims process can be complicated, and claims forms may seem like an endless mountain of paperwork, our dedicated team will help you every step of the way.
Lila Mahooti Is Proven to Help You
Mahooti Law Group has represented injured workers in California for many years and has recovered millions of dollars in workers’ comp benefits for clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries.
Before opening her firm, Lila Mahooti worked for an insurance company as a defense attorney, handling cases of varying complexity. This experience makes her the best person to have on your side — she knows how insurance companies work from the inside out.
She and her team of adept professionals fight for injured Californian workers, ensuring that those injured on the job get access to maximum compensation through a workers’ compensation claim.
If you’re dealing with a catastrophic injury due to an accident on the job, the dedicated team at Mahooti Law Group can help you take the next step toward recovering the funds that will help you through this difficult time.
We offer free consultations and case reviews for all potential clients. Additionally, we take cases on a contingency-fee basis, which means you pay nothing up front.
Call our office at 213-674-7515 today to schedule a consultation and learn what the Mahooti Law Group can do for you.