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If you have been injured on the job in California, you probably have many questions. What are my rights? What does the process of obtaining workers’ compensation involve? Am I allowed to use my own doctor? At Jones Clifford, LLP our San Francisco worker’s compensation attorneys can answer all of your questions and help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries. We have seven attorneys, including three partners, dedicated solely to the complicated area of workers’ compensation law.

Worker’s compensation insurance adjusters often deny claims outright or deny claims for necessary medical treatment. Many of them also insist that the injured worker consults a doctor chosen by the adjuster, not by the worker—a doctor who is often paid by the insurance company. Meanwhile, the attorneys who represent employers often argue that the worker’s injuries are not the employer’s fault but rather “someone else’s responsibility.”

Another tactic employed by insurance companies and their lawyers is to offer the injured worker a quick but inadequate settlement. When a worker is injured and unable to earn a paycheck, taking a lump sum payment can seem attractive, even though the injured worker may very well regret taking the payment in the future as medical expenses pile up and wages are lost due to an inability to return to work.

Coordinating personal injury and workers’ compensation cases

Jones Clifford, LLP is one of the few firms in California that combines expertise in both personal injury law and workers’ compensation law. If you have a workers’ compensation claim in conjunction with your personal injury case, it is always in your best interest to coordinate those cases within the same law firm. A settlement or judgment in your personal injury case can have negative consequences on your workers’ compensation case, and vice-versa. We can coordinate your personal injury and workers’ compensation cases so that your overall recovery is maximized.

The bottom line is this: If you have been injured on the job, you should contact our San Francisco worker’s compensation lawyers as soon as possible. Claims adjusters know that injured workers are vulnerable financially and emotionally, and will use a variety of tactics to settle your case as quickly and cheaply as possible. We understand their tactics and how to combat them. We know your rights. We are committed to helping you get the treatment you need now, next month, and if necessary, far into the future. We will fight tooth and nail to obtain the compensation and care you deserve for your injuries.

Contact us today for a free consultation. You will owe us nothing unless we obtain compensation on your behalf. We understand what you are going through during this difficult time and welcome the opportunity to meet with you in person.

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