Orange County COVID-19 Attorney
Since the government began tracking the COVID-19 pandemic in March, California has reported over 715,000 positive cases and 13,000 deaths. It is the top state in the U.S. for the number of COVID-19 cases. The rates of COVID-19 have not decreased enough to give people who have to return to work much peace of mind – especially when their employers are not taking the virus seriously or ignoring statewide safety guidelines.
Employers in California have to follow special COVID-19 guidelines based on their industries. The failure to meet these guidelines and protect employees could result in preventable cases of COVID-19. If you suspect your employer of negligence in how the company has handled COVID-19 in relation to your illness, you could be eligible for compensation through a personal injury case in Orange County, CA. Call Rose, Klein & Marias LLP at (800) 362-7427 immediately for a free consultation with an Orange County COVID-19 attorney.
Why Hire Rose, Klein & Marias LLP for Your Coronavirus Work Claim?
- We are dedicated to the clients we represent. You will have open access to your lawyer around the clock. We will always keep you updated about your COVID-19 work claim.
- We have the knowledge about COVID-19 and California’s related workplace laws you need for a strong case. We are pioneers in this practice area in the state.
- We represent clients during COVID-19 work injury cases on a contingency fee basis. You will only owe us attorney’s fees if we win your case.
How Can a COVID-19 Lawyer Help You?
It can be easy to accept a quick lowball settlement as an unrepresented client during a COVID-19 work injury case in Orange County. Insurance companies are well-versed in how to convince clients to accept less than they deserve – or nothing at all – for their injuries and illnesses. Going up against an insurance company can be more effective if you hire an attorney to represent you. Your Orange County COVID-19 lawyer will work hard on your behalf to obtain fair results while you focus on your physical recovery.
Employer Obligations and Your Right to File a Claim
In California, all employers must abide by Cal/OSHA safety regulations to help keep workers safe from infectious diseases while at work. These regulations vary according to industry. It is an employer’s legal responsibility to learn these guidelines and implement them in the workplace before asking employees to return to work. A negligent, careless or reckless employer could be liable for an employee contracting COVID-19 if he or she breached state or federal safety requirements.
- Training workers in COVID-19 prevention plans.
- Requiring all customers and workers to wear face masks in public spaces.
- Encouraging frequent handwashing, hand sanitizing and sanitizing of the premises.
- Adhering to social distancing guidelines as much as possible.
- Restricting the number of people allowed to enter the business at one time.
- Reporting positive COVID-19 test results from employees to the right agencies.
- Implementing protocols when a work environment has an outbreak.
These are just several out of hundreds of rules employers in California must follow according to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 guidelines. Visit the site for a more expansive list of regulations. If your employer acted outside of these guidelines in your industry and negligently failed to protect you from contracting COVID-19, he or she may be liable for your damages if you have the virus. An Orange County COVID-19 attorney from Rose, Klein & Marias LLP can help you understand your rights and go up against an employer in pursuit of compensation in Orange County.
What to Do if You Contracted COVID-19 While at Work
If you tested positive for COVID-19 and believe you contracted the virus while at work or performing occupational activities, talk to our lawyers about a possible lawsuit or workers’ compensation claim. First, go home immediately if you experience any potential symptoms of COVID-19 while at work. These include fever, fatigue, headache and cough. Tell your employer about the symptoms right away. Quarantine yourself and go to the hospital, if necessary.
Then, gather as much information about the incident as you can. Keep a copy of your COVID-19 test results and any related medical records. Write down a description of how you believe you contracted the virus, complete with photographs of the dangerous work element, if possible. The more information and evidence you have connecting your employer to your illness, the better for your claim. If you wish to file a workers’ compensation claim for COVID-19, tell your employer as soon as possible. Before accepting a settlement, however, contact us for a free consultation with a COVID-19 attorney in Orange County, CA.
Our attorneys can review your case, contact your employer and help you gather evidence for a personal injury case. If we believe an injury claim is in your best interest, we can help you file this type of lawsuit in Orange County before California’s deadline. Otherwise, we can represent you during a workers’ compensation claim for COVID-19. Our attorneys know how to negotiate these cases for the best possible results.
Compensation Available During a COVID-19 Work Claim
COVID-19 can cause life-altering symptoms. You may have had to spend time in the hospital, along with expensive medical charges. You might have also had to take significant time away from work while you recovered. These are all compensable damages during an injury case in California. A successful COVID-19 work claim in Orange County could pay you for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, legal fees, and more.
A workers’ compensation claim might not reimburse you for as many damages, but you could still recover compensation. Workers’ comp generally only pays for two-thirds of an employee’s lost wages, for example, rather than 100% of them. You will not have to prove your employer’s negligence or fault during a workers’ compensation claim as compared to a personal injury claim, however. The right type of claim for you is something our lawyers can help you determine.
Contact an Orange County COVID-19 Lawyer Today
If you contracted COVID-19 at work or lost a loved one to this virus because of a dangerous work environment, do not wait to contact Rose, Klein & Marias LLP to schedule a free consultation. We may be able to help you obtain justice from your employer, as well as financial compensation for your economic and noneconomic losses. We can review your COVID-19 work case for free in Orange County today. We have many protocols in place to keep our clients safe during the pandemic, including virtual meetings and teleconferences. Call (800) 362-7427 for a case evaluation today.