I was injured on the job and was put on light duty. There was no light duty work. I convinced the doctor to release me to full duty so I could work but then I was laid off. I am still hurt what should I do?
Not being able to do our job because of an injury is a scary prospect, we live to work and work to live. Many workers do what you did. First, go to the doctor and report your true condition. Second, contact your former employer and file a workers’ compensation claim. Third, because you were “full duty,” your claim will be delayed, immediately file for State Disability. Lastly, your employer may have laid you off because of your injury. This could give rise to a Labor Code §132a claim and other claims. Contact an attorney who can explain your rights under workers’ compensation law and other possible actions.
-Jonathan Davis, Founder of The Arns Law Firm, San Francisco, CA
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This Month's Expert; Jonathan Davis
Jonathan Davis is a Partner of the Arns Law Firm with a stellar trial record and day to day responsibility for case management, strategic vision and tactical implementation. He is always available work with clients on the small details in their cases and has also argued before the Supreme Court of California. Jonathan is rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating possible for both legal and ethical standards, is a Northern California Super Lawyer and has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America. Jonathan has dedicated his working life to representing working people. Prior to becoming an attorney, he was an International Representative and National Field Director for the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union. After representing workers in arbitrations throughout the West, Jonathan joined The Arns Law Firm and dedicates himself to representing injured workers and their families devastated by catastrophic injuries as well wage and hour and consumer class actions. Jonathan is bilingual in Spanish and is past Chairman of the non-profit affordable housing organization the African American Construction Workers Association (AACWA). Jonathan currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Local 261 Community Service and Training Foundation and is a former member of the Board of Governors of the Consumer Attorneys of California.