Every month, a reader asks one of our sponsor legal experts about a work-related issue. These building trades law professionals respond in an Organized Labor exclusive. This month’s expert is Anthony L. Label of The Veen Firm.

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I had a life-altering injury at work. I broke my back in a forklift accident and am not sure when I will be able to work again. Do I need to file a lawsuit or can I just rely on workers compensation?

-P.S., San Francisco

Do not rely solely on Workers’ Compensation. Although you are entitled and should file to receive workers’ compensation benefits, they only compensate a fraction of your economic losses. You should immediately consult with a civil personal injury attorney before the applicable time limit runs out to determine if there are any additional avenues of recovery against a “third party,” meaning someone other than your employer who may have caused your injury. Also, do not overlook other benefits that may be available to you, including Social Security disability, State Disability and/or a civil lawsuit. Your losses may be life-altering and career ending, you need to explore all avenues to protect yourself and your family.

-Anthony L. Label, Trial Team Leader; The Veen Firm, PC, San Francisco, CA

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Anthony L. Label

This Month's Expert; Anthony L. Label

Anthony L. Label is a team leader of the Label trial team at the The Veen Firm, PC, in San Francisco, CA. Mr. Label represents people who have suffered severe personal injuries which have a life-changing, career-changing, life-ending, or career-ending impact. He represents plaintiffs in actions arising from construction site accidents, industrial accidents, dangerous premises, auto accidents, wrongful death, governmental or public entity liability, defective products, and others. In 2013, Mr. Label was invited for membership to the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and currently holds the record for the largest recovery in the history of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s lawyer referral service program.

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