DuRard, McKenna & Borg in San Mateo, California represents injured workers in the San Francisco Bay Area in workers' compensation and related matters, including in claims for benefits outside of the workers' compensation system.
If you are suffering from an on-the-job injury or a work-related illness, you may be eligible to receive a variety of different workers' compensation benefits that can include medical treatment benefits, temporary and permanent disability benefits, and supplemental job displacement benefits. In addition, there are a number of other state, federal, and private insurance benefits for which you may be eligible, including:
California State Disability Insurance
California State Disability Insurance (SDI) benefits are generally paid for non-work related injuries, but in some circumstances you may be able to receive SDI benefits for work-related injuries, such as when your employer's claims administrator rejects your claim for temporary disability benefits or your temporary disability benefits have stopped and you are still unable to return to work. Our experienced workers' compensation and disability benefits lawyers can help you determine whether you are eligible for SDI benefits.
Social Security Disability
If you have been injured in the workplace, you may also be eligible to receive disability benefits from the U.S. Social Security Administration. To receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, you must be able to provide medical certification showing that you cannot perform your former job, you cannot perform other work because of your disability, and your disability is expected to last more than one year or result in death. If your claim is rejected, you can appeal the decision. Our attorneys have extensive experience helping injured workers obtain SSDI benefits, including appealing decisions denying claims.
If you have become disabled due to a workplace injury or illness, you may be eligible for Medi-Cal benefits. Medi-Cal is California's public health insurance program, and provides health care services for persons with disabilities, among others.
If you have been receiving SSDI benefits for 24 months, you will become eligible to receive Medicare benefits. Medicare is a federal public health insurance program that provides health care services for people over 65 years of age and people under 65 with certain disabilities.
County and City Benefits and Services
Many local Bay Area counties and cities provide benefits and services to individuals with disabilities. For example, the city of San Francisco provides in-home care services to people with disabilities and the County of San Mateo provides vocational rehabilitation services, including counseling and retraining, to people whose disabilities hamper them in the job market. Our experienced disability benefits lawyers can help you determine if you are eligible for any county and/or city benefits.
Private Health Insurance
If you have private health insurance and are injured on the job, your private insurer may also pay for your medical treatment and care, although it may later seek repayment from your employer's workers' compensation insurance carrier.
Contact Experienced Disability Benefits Attorneys
If you have been injured in a workplace accident or suffer from a work-related illness, you may be entitled to a variety of benefits and services outside of the workers' compensation system. Our experienced attorneys can help you identify all sources of compensation to obtain the full benefits to which you are entitled. Our lawyers speak Spanish, Hindi, and Arabic. We offer free initial consultations, and take cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay no legal fees unless we successfully help you recover. Call us today at (650) 425-3278.