Workers Compensation Lawyers

Carrazco Law, A Professional Corporation, has a reputation for results. Led by Workers Compensation Specialist Angel Carrazco, our firm has been protecting the rights of injured workers for nearly 20 years. Whether you have suffered an injury while working as a construction worker, nurse, truck driver or in any other profession, we can help you file your workers comp claim so you can obtain the benefits you need — and deserve.

Millions of workers go to their jobs each day feeling they are safe and that nothing life changing will happen. Employers are required to maintain a safe work environment. In far too many instances, this is not the case and an accident can happen in any workplace at any time. It can be due to faulty equipment or hazardous conditions. Workers’ compensation also covers things other than work accidents like stress-related injury and orthopedic injuries. Even a seemingly small injury can change your life forever. An injury or ailment brings with it time off of work, medical expenses and even loss of earning potential. At Carrazco Law, APC., we have experienced workers compensation lawyers who can review your situation and determine an appropriate course of action during an initial case evaluation. Obtaining compensation is essential to recovery and rebuilding your life after an accident. Contact our law offices today to begin your case evaluation.

How do I file a workers’ comp claim in California?

Each employer must provide employees with information about filing a workers’ compensation claim with their workers’ compensation administrator. It’s critical to follow the reporting deadlines to protect your potential claims. Learn more about types of work injuries.

Employees should also fill out the employee section of the WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CLAIM FORM (DWC 1) and provide a copy to their employer. Employers are required by law to fill out their portion of the form and provide copies to their insurer and employee within one business day of receiving the form from the employee. Our firm can assist employees in this process.

Who needs a work injury lawyer in Orange County?

Many claims can be processed by the employee, while others may be complex and may require the assistance of a workers’ compensation attorney. Employees may not need a work injury attorney if:

  •  Their injury is minor, such as a sprained ankle or a cut requiring stitches.
  •  The employee missed little to no work due to injury or illness, and
  •  There is a full and complete recovery.
If there are unique circumstances regarding the injury or illness, employees may want to consult with a workers’ compensation attorney. These instances may include the following:

  • The employer denies the claim or fails to pay the benefits on time.
  • The employer refuses to provide reasonable treatment.
  • The injury or illness prevents the employee from returning to their previous job, limits their working capabilities, or keeps them from working completely.
  • The employee has questions about how workers’ compensation benefits are coordinated with other benefits, such as State Disability Insurance (SDI), Long or Short Term Disability, Social Security, Medicare, and other benefits.
  • The employer retaliates against the employee for filing a workers’ comp claim.
  • The employee’s injury or illness occurred because of a third party’s actions or employer gross negligence.

The Next Step

Choosing a competent workers’ comp lawyer is the best way to make sure you receive all of the benefits you are entitled to. To discuss your claim with award-winning attorney Angel Carrazco, call us today at 800-541-3244, or reach out to us online to schedule a free and confidential consultation.

Were you injured on the job and had to take significant time off from work because of your injury? California’s workers’ compensation benefits can help you cover your medical expenses and replace a portion of your wages while you’re out of work, whether short-term, long-term or permanently. This sounds great, but did you know that the burden falls on you, the injured worker, to document the accident and file a claim, and that failure to follow required procedures and timelines can lead to a denial of your claim? Even if you do everything correctly, your employer and their insurance company may still deny your claim for any number of reasons or pay you far less than your injury requires. So, what do you do?


The California Division of Workers’ Compensation governs the process under workers’ compensation law. All employers must carry workers’ compensation insurance. If an employee suffers an injury while on the job, he or she must report the accident or the injury to the employer and seek emergency medical attention. Once a claim is filed, the employee gets medical care from a company-approved medical professional.

When to get a work injury lawyer involved?

The legal process doesn’t always work as it should. There is the possibility that you may not get the wages you expect. Your employer might disagree about whether the injury occurred on the job. This is why we are here for you, at Carrazco Law APC., we are knowledgeable about California workers’ compensation law and handle the following legal issues on your behalf:

Notice, filing requirements, and deadlines. 

We can ensure you meet all workers’ compensation requirements and deadlines for filing claims, ranging from the initial claim with your company’s claims administrator to an application for adjudication of your claim and a declaration of readiness to proceed if your initial claim was denied.

Qualifying for disability benefits

Your company’s claims administrator, who may work at an insurance company, decides to accept or deny your workers’ compensation claim. We can help to ensure that qualifying for disability benefits becomes a stress-free process for you.

Types of workers’ compensation benefits

Types of workers’ compensation benefits include medical care, temporary disability, long-term disability, supplemental job displacement, and death benefits.

Social Security Disability

You may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits in addition to workers’ compensation. Social Security Disability benefits may also apply if workers’ compensation is denied. Our attorneys can review your situation and advise you on your benefits.

Doctors and treatment

You can use your own doctors to treat your injury only if you gave your employer your doctor’s name and contact information prior to an injury. And this pre-designation is possible only if you receive health benefits for injuries that are not work-related.

Preexisting conditions and medical care.

 If you have a preexisting condition, your workers’ compensation benefits could be limited to the proportion that can be attributed to your on-the-job injury. Invictus Law P.C. assists you with navigating through California’s workers’ compensation laws and addressing any issues you have with medical care, including disagreements over diagnosis and treatment.

When benefits end or are denied

If the claims administrator denies your claim, he or she believes workers’ compensation benefits don’t cover your injury. You have the right to challenge this decision. We can help you file an appeal and make sure it is done on time.

Third-party liability claims

A party other than your employer, such as a machinery manufacturer, may be held liable for your injury. We can help you file against the third party involved and claim monetary damages in an action separate from workers’ compensation.

The workers’ compensation process can be complex and filled with paperwork, filing requirements, and deadlines. We help you navigate through these and get the benefits you deserve, and we don’t get paid unless and until you do. We are here to fight for you.

Protecting your job and your rights

It is illegal for employers to retaliate against employees just for seeking workers’ compensation benefits. Unfortunately, some employers harass, demote or even fire their workers in retaliation for filing a claim. We will help you protect your rights and your job.

At Carrazco Law APC., you’ll find a board-certified specialist in California Workers’ Compensation Law who also has experience as an attorney for a workers’ compensation defense law firm. We know how California workers’ comp law operates, we know how the defense firms think, and we know what it takes to see your claim through to a successful conclusion and recover compensation and benefits to provide you with medical care and wage replacement throughout the entire period of your disability.

We Know How To Think Outside The Box: Unlike some other law firms that handle only a few workers comp cases each year, it is our primary focus. Simply put, we know California workers compensation law inside and out, including newly passed legislation ― meaning we can often come up with ideas that other firms fail to even consider. Our lawyers will not rest until we exhaust every option available to get you the benefits you need, including potential benefits from the Uninsured Employers Benefits Trust Fund (UEBTF) or the Subsequent Injuries Benefits Trust Fund (SIBTF).

We Treat Clients As People, Not Numbers: We know how challenging an on-the-job injury can be, especially if you are left unable to work, which is why we always treat clients with compassion and understanding. We know you are more than a number, but a person in need of help, and we will do everything we can to make the process as easy as possible on you and your family. For instance, if you cannot come to our office, we will come to you, whether you are at home or in the hospital. Quite simply, we will work with you to get you every worker’s comp benefit available.

We Are Attentive To You And Your Needs: One of the most common complaints we hear from clients about other law firms is that their attorneys are nearly impossible to get on the phone, let alone return messages. That is something you will never need to worry about at Carrazco Law. Not only will your case receive individualized attention, but when you call or email us with questions or concerns, we will get back to you right away. After all, how can you make informed legal decisions if you don’t have all the information you need?

On The Job Injuries

When you think of a work-related injury, the first thought is often a slip and fall or some heavy machinery malfunctioning. These are not the only types of accidents or injuries one can face in an Encino workplace. What about being around hazardous chemicals or other occupational hazards. There are chemicals that when exposed to can lead to skin diseases. Each profession has some form of hazard. Even a writer can get carpal tunnel from repetitive motion at work. If you suspect that your injury may be caused by your job it is time to take action. Our Orange County workers compensation attorneys have recovered compensation benefits for injured workers for the following type of injuries:

  •  Loss of Hearing
  •  Migraines
  •  Lung Disease
  •  Fibromyalgia
  •  Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  •  Internal Injuries
  •  Repetitive Motion Injury
  •  Lifting Injury

Stress-related Injuries

This is not a full list of the types of injuries that are covered under workers compensation benefits. Our workers compensation in Orange County is trained to handle other types of injuries like construction accidents including crane accidents, amputations, brain injuries and even building collapses.

Every case is unique because every injured worker is unique. No two cases are the same, regardless of the type of injury or the effect the injury has on the worker. That’s why it’s so important to seek the advice of a specialist in the field of workers’ compensation law.

Here at Carrazco Law APC vigorously advocate for all of our clients to insure they are afforded with all of the benefits the system has to offer. We work tirelessly to ensure your unique circumstances are properly adjudicated so that you can be assured a fair and just result.

The successful resolution of a Workers’ Compensation case depends on the likelihood of a successful award by the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board judge. By preparing each case as if it is going to trial, we are often able to achieve an outstanding result by settlement prior to trial.

You need a California Worker’s Compensation attorney on your side

Taking actions after a workplace accident like notifying your employer and filing a claim form in a timely fashion are critical to the success of your claim. But while meeting filing deadlines are important, being successful on your claim is about more than just filling out forms. Workers’ compensation insurance carriers don’t like paying claims, and they’ll deny your claim or dispute the amount you deserve in any number of ways. What will you do when the insurance company says:

  • You didn’t notify the employer on time
  • You didn’t file a claim form on time
  • Your accident was not work-related
  • Your injury occurred while you were offsite or off-duty
  • Your injury is due to some preexisting condition
  • You faked the accident
  • You are faking an injury, or it’s not as serious as you say

At Carrazco Law APC we’ve encountered and dealt with numerous cases like these. We know what to do to dispute the insurance company’s version of what happened and establish the facts and law in your favor for a successful claim. Call us for efficient, aggressive legal solutions to your California workers’ compensation issues.

Call an Orange County Workers’ Compensation lawyer today.

From our offices in Tustin we serve clients throughout Orange County, Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire. We offer a free initial consultation to learn about your case and let you know how we can help you. Also, everything we do is completely contingency fee-based. This means we only charge a fee if we are successful in recovering benefits on your behalf, and the size of our fee is based on the size of the award. We advance all costs, so you don’t have to pay a dime upfront for our services, and if we don’t recover for you, you won’t owe us any fee. If you prefer to communicate in Spanish, we have many Spanish-speaking staff members to assist you. Don’t delay any longer getting the benefits you need and deserve. Call our Orange County Workers’ Comp firm, Carrazco Law today.

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Suffering from a work-related injury can change your life forever. Some injuries are minor and require weeks to months or recovery while others are catastrophic and require a lifetime of medical care. California requires employers to have workers compensation insurance even though many insurance companies will try to deny or reduce the amount of benefits you are entitled to. Our Orange County workers compensation attorneys at Carrazco Law APC. We will seek full workers compensation benefits to cover lost wages, medical expenses, and other associated damages. We want every client to recover and live a full life after your injuries. We understand that this is a difficult time and will use a compassionate approach to your case. We will fight aggressively in the courtroom and with insurance companies to protect your rights.

The first step you need to take is to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our Carrazco Law workers compensation assistants. You can contact us by phone or by using our online contact form.

Areas of Practice
  • Civil Rights

  • Personal Injury

  • Workers' Compensation

100+ Years of combined Civil Rights and Workers’ Compensation legal experience

FAQs about our Workers' Compensation Lawyers:

Under California Law, a work-related injury or illness arises out of and occurs in the course of employment.

You must provide written notice of your work-related injury to your employer within 30 days after you were hurt. File a claim form with your employer within this time satisfies this requirement.

Sometimes yes and sometimes no. Your employer actually has the authority to choose your doctor for your first appointment. After that first appointment, some workers can select a different doctor within the employer’s Medical Provider Network. With a few narrow expectations, generally you are unable to see your own doctor after the accident. Your employer’s insurance company designates either the first medical provider or a provides a network of participating medical providers for you to choose from.

When your employer violates the law by failing to offer you insurance, you may sue them in civil court and collect extra damages. But you can also file a workers compensation claim. If you are approved for benefits you can collect from a state fund called the Uninsured Employers Benefit Trust Fund

Workers’ compensation provides several benefits: Paid Medial care, partial wage replacement while recovering, permanent disability if there is no full recovery. Supplemental job displacement benefits & death benefits to surviving dependents.

QME stands for Qualified Medical Evaluator. If ordered by the insurance company, you will be required to undergo an examination from a QME. A panel of three qualified medical evaluators are provided to you, and you are allowed to choose your evaluator from the panel. You have ten days to choose, or the claims administrator will choose for you. Physicians on the panel are paid by the insurer, and the insurer may end up denying benefits based on the evaluator’s findings. If those findings differ from the opinion of your own doctor, your attorney may need to take the case to the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) to make sure you get the appropriate care and treatment, and that the costs are covered by workers’ comp.

An AME is an Agreed Medical Evaluator. An AME is selected jointly and agreed upon by your attorney and the claims administrator. The findings of an AME are binding on both the employer and employee, in contrast with the findings of a QME, which are not binding but are given the same weight as the primary physician’s findings. You have to have an attorney in order to get an AME; make sure your lawyer has years of experience in California workers’ compensation so that she or he will know which physicians are competent to address a dispute regarding your particular issue.

Not really. “Eligible employees” do not include workers who are classified as independent contractors or freelancers. Additionally, by law most domestic workers are not eligible

The insurance company can deny a workers compensation claim for variety of reason:

  • You missed the deadline to report injury or illness
  • The insurance company disputes whether your injury or illness is work related
  • The injury or illness is not considered severe enough
  • Your claim was filed after you left your job

You may be able to receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits in addition to workers compensation benefits However, both benefits may be reduced. Generally, there is no California State Disability Insurance for Work related injuries.

The major type of workers compensation benefit in California are medical treatment and disability payments. Medical treatment benefits should cover the full cost of doctor’s bills and related medical expenses for the duration of your injury or disability. Disability payments equal roughly two-thirds of your regular wages while you are temporarily disabled from working, for as long as two years. If your disability is permanent, you’ll receive a disability rating and permanent disability benefits based on that rating.

Benefits are also available for job retraining if you are unable to return to the same type of work. A surviving spouse or other family members are also entitled to death benefits in the case of a fatal workplace accident or illness.

A workers compensation attorney from SoCal Workers Comp Cost nothing up front. Your attorney agrees to work on a contingency fee basis which is a percentage of the final settlement or award. The Contingency fee also means you pay nothing if your attorney does not win your case.

Many employers do not realize that it is against California law to discriminate against an injured worker.

Labor Code Section 132a states in relevant part:

“Any employer who discharges, or threatens to discharge, or in any manner discriminates against any employee because he or she has filed or made known his or her intention to file a claim for compensation…”

The penalties to an employer can be severe if the employer has been found to be in violation of this section including being found guilty of a misdemeanor, held to pay a penalty of up to $10,000 dollars, reinstatement of the employee and reimbursement for lost wages and work benefits caused by the acts of the employer.

In addition to the above, the employer may also be in violation of other State and Federal Laws by violation of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).

The fact is, there are MANY laws that protect workers from being fired or discriminated against due to a work injury, or other disabilities, work related or not.

Don’t be afraid! Find out your rights confidentially by contacting us at 800-541-3244.

The consultation is always free.

First, it’s important to appreciate that there are two basic types of injury.

Most employers (and claims adjusters) understand that when a specific injury occurs – for example, a sudden event like a fall, or a lifting injury – that workers compensation treatment and wage replacement benefits should begin immediately.

However, employers (and claims adjusters) often ignore injuries that grow worse over time, often referred to as cumulative trauma claims. These types of injuries may begin as a mere annoyance – like aching knees, sore back, or persistent cough while working with chemicals – but with repetitive work activities, they may grow worse over time.

Second, California law stated you are entitled to IMMEDIATE written notice of your workers compensation rights, how to obtain prompt and effective treatment, and the wage replacement benefits that you may be entitled to.

Third, no matter how the work injury or condition occurred, the employer ( and the claims adjuster ) MUST promptly provide medical treatment. In fact, the law states that in most circumstances, medical treatment must be provided within ONE DAY of the injury, and in even sooner depending in the nature of the injury.

Finally, the doctor or medical facility MUST provide effective treatment and thoroughly record ALL injuries, not just the injuries the claims adjuster approves of. For example, sending you to a general practitioner for a serious head injury or surgical condition is not appropriate, nor is it acceptable for the doctor to only treat one part of the body, and ignore the rest of the injuries.

This is only general information. There could be many legal consequences for the employer if they do not comply with the law, including permitting you to select your own doctor to treat the work injuries.

California Workers Compensation is all we do. If you are facing challenges in your claim, and you wonder if you are getting the whole story, contact us at 800-541-3244 for a free review of your case at our Orange County location.

In 2004, the California Legislature passed a law that allows your employer or its insurance carrier to deny medical treatment that it does not think is necessary. The system created is called Utilization Review (“UR”). This system allows your employer to deny treatment that your doctor recommends. Even if your employer sent you to a doctor after a job-related injury, it can deny treatment recommended by that doctor.

Temporary disability ends either when you are released to return to work or when you are found to have reached maximum medical improvement (“MMI”), which means you have healed up about as much as you are going to. At that point, you may be entitled to permanent disability if you are not 100% better after you have reached MMI. It may also end if your employer has modified duty available to you.

As with temporary disability, there are two types of permanent disability. One is permanent total disability (“PTD”). This is very rare and is paid to injured workers that can never compete for any job in the future. This person is determined to be totally unable to work. More common is permanent partial disability (“PPD”). This is paid to injured workers that can work, but still have some residual effects from their injury.

First, a doctor evaluates you to determine whether you have completely healed from your injury. If you have not completely healed, your doctor will state what physical impairment you have and phrase that as a percentage, between 0 and 100% whole person impairment (“WPI”). Then, a schedule that is issued by the State of California is used to determine a permanent disability rating. This rating is again, phrased as a percentage, between 0 and 100%. Once the number is determined, another chart is used to tell you how much money you will receive for the residual effects of your injury.

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