Too often, too many people only think about the short-term costs associated with a workplace injury – emergency medical care, short-term physical therapy.
Santa Ana, CA (PRWEB) February 08, 2013
A report from the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) has found that more than 10 percent of the cost of medical benefits for workplace injuries that happen this year “will be for services provided more than two decades into the future,” according to the NCCI report issued in January 2013 and reported on by Occupational Health & Safety (Jan. 28, 2013).
Such news came as no surprise to Orange County workplace injury lawyer Shehzad Ahmad, California Law Associates lead attorney. “A serious workplace injury can have a serious financial impact on an injured person for decades,” Ahmad said today. “Too often, too many people only think about the short-term costs associated with a workplace injury – emergency medical care, short-term physical therapy. What they don’t realize is certain, serious workplace injuries can change someone’s life forever in an instant. They might require medical care for the rest of their lives, and people need to keep that in mind when dealing with the injured person’s employer and insurance company.”
The NCCI report states that the percentage of the cost of medical benefits for services provided more than 20 years from now “has been growing and might continue to grow,” according to the NCCI report. The study was based on services provided between Jan. 1, 2009, and April 1, 2011, and for services provided within 20 years of an injury.
Some of the other key findings in the study included that male claimants incurred about 75 percent of the costs of late-term care, “even though they represented less than 60 percent of the workforce at the time of the injury,” the NCCI report states. In addition, less than 40 percent of late-term claimants are under 60 years old, but they incur “nearly half the cost of late-term care,” NCCI reports.
And 20 to 30 years after a workplace injury, drugs, home health services, orthotic devices and supplies constitute the greatest share of the costs associated with workplace injuries than compared to the first 20 years after an injury for the same items, NCCI reports.
Medications, orthotic devices and home health care due to workplace injuries can continue to have a significant financial impact decades after an accident, according to Riverside County workers compensation lawyer Shehzad Ahmad of California Law Associates. “There’s no timetable when it comes to when someone stops suffering from a workplace injury,” Ahmad said. “A back injury or construction accident injury can literally cause pain and suffering for the rest of someone’s life. That’s why we fight so vigorously for the rights of injured workers. We understand that the compensation we secure for them today might be necessary 20 or even 30 years from now. We take a long-term approach to California workplace injuries. We’re in this for the long haul.”
About California Law Associates
For nearly two decades, California Law Associates has employed experienced, knowledgeable lawyers with more than 50 years of combined personal injury law experience. They thoroughly understand the state’s complicated personal injury laws and handle a wide variety of cases, auto accidents to workplace injuries. California Law Associates serves Orange County, Riverside County and communities throughout the Southern California area. Ahmad, lead attorney, has been practicing personal injury law since 1995. He works closely with each client to design a strategy that suits his or her unique legal needs. Attorney Ahmad has a strong track record for obtaining large, sometimes multi-million-dollar settlements or verdicts.
The law firm has its main office at 2107 N. Broadway, Suite 201, Santa Ana, CA 92706. To schedule a free consultation, contact California Law Associates at (714) 542-3377 or online at http://www.attorney4u.us/