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The Central Valley's Workers' Compensation Attorneys

Protecting the rights of injured workers
in Bakersfield & Fresno

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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At Berry, Smith & Bartell, a Professional Law Corporation, we believe in protecting the rights of injured workers in Bakersfield & Fresno. We know that hard-working employees spend the majority of their waking hours providing services for their employers. As an employee, you should expect to be treated fairly and obtain the financial support you deserve during your time of need.

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Decades of Workers' Compensation Experience in the Central Valley

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We have more than 60 years of combined experience and a successful track record of assisting injured workers and their families with all types of workers' compensation claims. You deserve all of the workers' compensation benefits you have a right to under the law. Our attorneys will provide you with the best possible representation and help you receive the benefits you deserve.

  • Serving All of the Central Valley
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  • 60+ Years of Combined Experience
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  • You Pay No Fees if We Do Not Win
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Frequently Asked Questions

It depends. Specific types of work-related injuries or accidents suffered while performing work-related duties may be covered by a workers’ compensation claim. This can include a single, specific injury that happened as a result of work activity, or injuries due to repetitive stress, tension, or movement. Other types of injuries that may be covered include occupational illnesses or disease (such as illness due to exposure to asbestos), or injuries that aggravate a pre-existing medical condition.

If you have been injured at work and decide to move forward with a claim, you will need to inform your supervisor immediately. Fill out an “Employee’s Claim for Workers’ Compensation Benefits” form and include any injuries, or parts of the body that you feel may be impacted by the injury. Once you return your portion of the form to your employer, they will be legally obliged to return their completed portion within the next 24 hours. If you are in need of medical care, you should also inform your supervisor. Be sure to describe your injury to your doctor (either your preferred physician or a Pre-Designated one) and keep a record of all medical appointments or treatments.

Workers’ compensation can help cover a range of injury-related costs. Primarily, workers’ compensation will help cover for lost wages or earning capacity due to the injury. Workers’ compensation can also cover other accident-related expenses, such as medical bills, rehabilitation, or ongoing medical care.

Under the protection of the law, individuals who have filed for workers’ compensation will be guarded from any form of discrimination, negative repercussions, or other types of consequences due to filing a claim. If your employer has retaliated against you due to coming forward for your injury, we can help determine which course of action to take to further protect your interests and rights as an injured worker.

Do not attempt to abuse the workers’ compensation system. Injuries that you know have not been sustained at work or due to work-related duties should not be reported as such. Additionally, in certain circumstances, claims may not be valid if you have been terminated prior to filing for workers’ compensation.

Recent Posts & Firm News

09 Oct

What Happens if I Get a New Job While on Workers’ Compensation?

Time away from work because of an on-the-job injury may cause some employees to consider finding a new job. Injured employees may also hear back from companies to which they applied for work before their injury. While a job change can be exciting, there…

25 Sep

Can You Collect Social Security Benefits and Workers’ Comp at the Same Time?

If you suffer a serious injury at work, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, in addition to workers’ compensation benefits. However, you may think there is no way you can collect both at the same time. The truth is, you can,…

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