Central Valley’s Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
Some work environments are more dangerous than others, but workplace injuries or accidents can happen to anyone in any profession, job setting, or business. If you have suffered due to a work-related injury, illness, disease, or chronic medical condition then you may be able to pursue financial benefits through a workers’ compensation claim. Employers must have workers’ compensation insurance, which covers injured workers in the event of a workplace injury.
Unfortunately, filing a workers’ compensation claim is not always easy or straightforward. Our Central Valley workers’ compensation lawyers proudly represent employees who have been injured in Fresno and Bakersfield, California. No matter the extent of your injury and no matter how complex your claim may seem, we will help you get the benefits you deserve.
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Senior Partner Wm. Todd Berry has represented injured workers before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board since 2007 when he opened the Law Office of Wm. Todd Berry in Bakersfield. He formed a partnership with Jaime Smith and Timothy Bartell in 2016 to create Berry, Smith & Bartell.
With offices in Bakersfield and Fresno, our accomplished attorneys represent injured workers throughout the Central Valley of California. We are strong advocates for the rights of workers who suffer on-the-job injuries or illnesses. We understand how devastating a workplace injury can be to your health and financial stability. Our workers’ compensation team is standing by to pursue the compensation you deserve.
Bakersfield, CA Office5060 California Avenue, Suite 300Bakersfield, CA 93309
Fresno, CA Office6715 N. Palm Avenue, Suite 214
Fresno, CA 93704
Types of Workplace Accidents
Our Central California workers’ compensation lawyers know there are many different types of accidents that happen in the workplace and cause workers to suffer injuries that make them eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Some common examples include:
- Slip and fall accidents – These range from slipping on a wet or slippery surface to falling from high off the ground at a construction site or in a factory. These can also be caused by malfunctioning or defective machinery that knocks a worker to the ground. These accidents could result in head injuries, brain injuries and ligament damage.
- Electrocution accidents – Workers who are regularly near high voltage are at risk for electric shock that can cause severe or life-threatening injury. These accidents could be caused by exposed wiring, faulty safety equipment or failure of the employer to institute proper safety procedures. Electrocution can result in severe burns that cause damage to muscle and bone.
- Fires and explosions – Workers who are exposed to flammable liquids and other materials capable of igniting are at risk of getting burned. Explosions often occur because of poor maintenance or failure to follow safety procedures. These could cause permanent injuries like blindness or third-degree burns.
- Motor vehicle accidents – Workers who operate motor vehicles could be involved in motor vehicle accidents. Workers can also get hit or run over by motor vehicles, like dump trucks or other vehicles involved in construction.
- Workplace violence – Police officers, corrections officers and others working in law enforcement have a high risk of being victims of violence on the job. Police officers could get seriously injured by a suspect and corrections officers could get injured by prisoners and others who are going through the criminal justice system. Injuries could range from bruises and lacerations to gunshot wounds and stabbing.
- Hit-by/falling machinery accidents – These involve workers being struck by an object or pinned between objects or an object and a wall. These accidents can cause broken bones, lost limbs and other serious injuries.
- Chemical spills/toxic chemical exposure – Poor safety procedures, lack of safety equipment or carelessness by other employees could expose workers to toxic substances. For example, you could get injured when a toxic substance splashes on you.
Some injuries are not caused by one incident; they are the result of years of exposure to dangers or repetitive activities. These are called occupational diseases and workers contract them as a consequence of their work.
For example, some workers suffer back problems because of repetitive activities, like standing, lifting, climbing or picking up heavy objects. Some workers develop long-term or life-threatening illnesses like cancer because they were exposed to toxic substances. Workers may be able to obtain compensation for carpal tunnel if they do a lot of typing that can damage ligaments. If the disease was caused by your job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
If you were injured on the job, our attorneys may be able to help you obtain workers’ compensation benefits.
Fraud Warning: 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.