May 29th, 2009

i-theclaimsprocessWorkers’ Compensation
Lawyer in Long Beach, California

When workers are injured on the job and cannot work, they are entitled to a percentage of their weekly wage and medical benefits. This is the law, even if you were the one that caused the accident at work. Your employer must by law carry insurance that pays for any injured workers’ medical costs and lost wages.

Contact the Work Injury Law Offices of George S. Henderson in Long Beach for a free initial consultation to learn how we can help you through the workers’ compensation claims process.
Call (877) 422-4454 or (562) 422-9797.

The difficulty that some of our clients in Long Beach and throughout Orange and LA counties experience is that employers and insurers sometimes take advantage of the fact that injured workers may not know the law and deny legitimate claims for medical benefits and wage benefits. This is why it is wise to talk with an attorney. We offer free initial consultations.

With an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer at your side, it may be difficult for an employer or an insurer to unreasonably deny you what is rightfully and by law set aside for you — a safety net.

Was Your Claim Denied?

If your workers’ compensation claim was denied, we can help you file an appeal and represent you at reviews or hearings. We have an extensive network of experienced medical doctors and examiners.

Workers’ Comp Lawyer Answers Claims Process Questions at (877) 422-4454 or (562) 422-9797. Contact us

Have a lawyer at the Work Injury Law Offices of George S. Henderson review any claim in a free initial consultation to make sure that you are receiving fair treatment.

We offer Spanish, English, Vietnamese, Tagalog and Farsi language services.

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April 29th, 2009

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Workers’ Compensation Claims

At the Work Injury Law Offices of George S. Henderson, there are clients who retain us after they have not been able to achieve their goals with another law firm. Our firm has been serving work injury victims for more than 35 years, and we understand that our clients need to know what is going on in their cases, that their cases need to be managed in a timely manner with personal attention.

Call an experienced work injury lawyer today:

(877)422-4454 or (562) 422-9797.

My Lawyer Does Not Return Phone Calls!

If your lawyer does not return your phone calls, this can add to an already extremely stressful situation. You are facing enough uncertainty.

We offer consistent communication with all our injured workers, updating them on their cases and offering regular office hours for face to face meetings with clients.

My Case Has Gone On for Years and At This Point My Lawyer Fails To Respond To My Questions!

It sounds like it is time to change attorneys. A different lawyer may have a different perspective or provide more individualized care for your specific situation.

If I Quit My Attorney, Will Another Attorney Take My Case?

Good lawyers are generally willing to take on clients who have left other attorneys. They will need to know exactly what has happened in your case up to this point. They will need to see a copy of the entire file as well.

Considering Changing Lawyers? Free Initial Consultations.

Contact the Work Injury Law Offices of George S. Henderson, in Long Beach, California, to discuss your legal matter. Our workers’ compensation lawyers are committed to helping injured workers receive compensation and medical benefits in a timely, caring manner. Call (877) 422-4454or (562) 422-9797 today.

We offer Spanish, English, Vietnamese, Tagalog and Farsi language services.


April 29th, 2009


What to Look for
When Choosing a Workers’ Comp Lawyer

1. Do you feel comfortable with the lawyer?

At the Work Injury Law Offices of George S. Henderson, we are committed to providing personal, caring service to each of our clients. We set aside time each Friday to meet face to face with clients and prospective clients. We offer free initial consultations so that you can meet us and we can gain an understanding of your unique situation and decide whether we believe we can help you. We believe in treating all clients with dignity and respect and encourage your questions.

Call an experienced work injury lawyer today: (877)422-4454 or (562) 422-9797

2. Does the lawyer have a proven track record in obtaining workers’ compensation benefits for injured workers?

Since 1977, our law firm has handled thousands of workers’ comp cases for clients in Orange and Los Angeles counties. Among our actual case results are:

  • $6.15 million dollars for brain injury
  • $4.1 million dollars for back and legs injury
  • $2.1 million dollars for a back injury
  • $2 million dollars for a bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome
  • $540,000.00 dollars for arm robbery
  • $300,000 dollars for diabetes
  • $1.5 million in a civil case
  • $750,000 dollars for a death claim in a civil case
  • 3. Does the lawyer know what to look for in a workers’ compensation claim?

    We have found that it is in the interviewing and talking to our clients that we learn about other claims that they themselves had not even considered. For instance, while our investigator was interviewing a woman about a workers’ comp claim related to a physical injury, our investigator became aware of her persistent cough. It turned out that she suffered from chronic work-related respiratory problems. We helped her obtain the eligible benefits in both situations.

    4. Does attorney communicate with you in a timely fashion?

    At our law firm, we respond to all calls promptly. We know that your future is uncertain and we want you to be certain that you can count on us.

    Workers Comp Lawyers: (877) 422-4454 or (562) 422-9797.

    We treat our clients with dignity and respect while vigorously and knowledgeably pursuing benefits. Contact us

    We offer Spanish, English, Vietnamese, Tagalog and Farsi language services.


    April 29th, 2009


    Denied Claims and Medical Benefits
    Lawyer in Long Beach

    Injured workers find that recovering their workers’ compensation benefits can be a discouraging process. Workers’ claims can be wrongfully denied. Workers can receive poor treatment or an incorrect diagnosis by the company doctor. A lawyer at the Work Injury Law Offices of George S. Henderson can help get you the benefits that you deserve in accordance with California law.

    Contact the Work Injury Law Offices of George S. Henderson Law Offices in Long Beach when your claim has been denied or for other workers’ compensation concerns. Call (877) 422-4454 or (562) 422-9797.

    Denial of a Claim Does Not Mean Your Claim is Over

    If your medical claim has been denied, we can help you appeal the decision with the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) and help you get the medical care you need. You are entitled to medical examinations with other than your employer’s doctor.

    Our founding lawyer, George Henderson, can refer you to a caring doctor. We can help you find a doctor that will not expect you to pay immediately for your work-related medical care — they hold off billing until our law firm resolves your workers’ compensation claims case. At that point, your employer’s insurance may pay the bill.

    Caring for Injured Workers for More Than 35 Years

    You must understand that insurance companies are in the business of minimizing claim payouts, which can conflict with your need for medical treatment. There are many ways of denying a case. A lawyer can help you get the treatment that you deserve.

    The law firm of the Work Injury Law Offices of George S. Henderson has been passionately committed to helping injured workers recover medical benefits, wage benefits, temporary disability benefits, lump sum payouts and permanent disability benefits for more than 35 years.

    Questions on Medical Benefits or Denied Claims? Call (877) 422-4454 or (562) 422-9797 today.

    Speak to a workers’ compensation lawyer about your medical benefits and your rights under workers’ compensation law. We offer free initial consultations and offer legal counsel on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not pay attorney’s fees unless we recover a claim on your behalf. Contact us online.

    We offer Spanish, English, Vietnamese, Tagalog and Farsi language services.


    April 29th, 2009


    What Is Permanent Disability
    How Does It Work?

    There can come a point in a workers’ compensation case in which the doctor will say that you have made the maximum medical improvement possible. This means that your condition, according to that doctor, will not improve anymore.

    If you are facing a permanent disability or are 100 percent permanently disabled, your insurer will likely offer you at lump sum payout. You will need to make important decisions about whether a lump sum payout or periodic payments through workers’ compensation insurance is in your best interest. We understand the issues that you are dealing with and can help you determine a course of action that is appropriate for your unique situation.

    The Work Injury Law Offices of George S. Henderson in Long Beach reviews lump sum offers and workers’ comp claims at no cost to you. Call (877) 422-4454 or (562) 422-9797 Contact us online.

    Most insurers are seeking to minimize payouts to injured workers. Adjusters want to close their open files. Neither the insurance company nor the adjuster may have you best interest in mind. We do care about you and your well-being and we know how to fight for it.

    Reserve Your Rights to Future Medical Treatment

    Our law firm can help you:

  • Reserve your right to future medical benefits
  • Determine what the best settlement offer is for you and why
  • Help protect your best interest
  • Founding attorney, George S. Henderson, has been fighting for the rights of workers for more than 35 years. We have considerable understanding of the ways in which employers will try to write you off. We can help you seek to maximize recovery.

    We Seek to Recover the Maximum Fair Settlement for You

    The Work Injury Law Offices of George S. Henderson has helped thousands of clients recover benefits. We have obtained multimillion dollar settlements for injured clients.

    Call (877) 422-4454 or (562) 422-9797 to speak to a lawyer who can help you with your workers’ compensation case involving permanent disability or contact us online.

    We offer Spanish, English, Vietnamese, Tagalog and Farsi language services.


    April 29th, 2009

    i-tempdisabilityTemporary Disability Claims

    What Is Temporary Disability (TD)?

    If you have been injured on the job and are unable to work or perform the work that you normally do, a company doctor can designate your situation as a temporary disability or a temporary total disability (TTD). If you are determined to have TD or TTD you are entitled to two-thirds of your average weekly income and payment of medical expenses.

    Temporary total disability starts immediately and can extend up to two years. Generally, you must see a doctor, the company doctor, in two-week intervals throughout the course of your temporary disability so he or she can evaluate your medical condition.

    Contact the Work Injury Law Offices of George S. Henderson in Long Beach for answers to questions about temporary disability and your workers’ compensation eligibility. Call (877) 422-4454 or (562) 422-9797.

    What Is Maximum Medical Improvement?

    Maximum medical improvement means that your doctor, generally a company doctor, has determined that your ability to improve has reached its limit even with further medical intervention. Once you have been determined to have achieved maximum medical improvement, your condition is no longer temporary, but is considered permanent.

    The problem is that your employer’s doctor may determine that you can improve no more, while your own doctor may say that surgery or another treatment will help. The unspoken goal of the company doctor is to get you back to work as soon as possible, no matter your disability. Involving an attorney early on in a disability situation can help you safeguard your rights to benefits and adequate treatment.

    Who Qualifies for Temporary Disability?

    All workers injured on the job qualify for temporary disability. It does not matter if the injury was your fault. Employers are required to provide insurance that pays for injured workers. If you have been denied temporary disability, we can help you get the medical treatment you need.

    Temporary Disability versus EDD!

    If your employer’s insurer won’t pay a temporary disability, you may be able to receive disability benefits from the California Employment Development Department (EDD) for a state disability. You may also be eligible for unemployment insurance if you have lost your job.

    Put Our Resources to Work for You!

    Learn what benefits you may be eligible for today. Call (877) 422-4454 or (562) 422-9797 to speak to a lawyer or contact us online.

    We offer Spanish, English, Vietnamese, Tagalog and Farsi language services.


    April 29th, 2009

    i-typesofworkinjWorkplace Injury Lawyers
    Long Beach, California

    California workers’ compensation law entitles you to income and medical benefits due to an injury suffered during the course of your employment. This includes everything from a repetitive stress injury to a catastrophic construction injury.

  • Did you slip and fall in your employer’s parking lot?
  • Did you get in a car accident while making a delivery off premises?
  • Did your neck injury get worse due to your current job requirements?
  • Do you have hypertension due to work-related stress?
  • While all work-related injuries qualify you to workers’ compensation, the difficulty may be getting your employer and its insurer to provide the benefits you are entitled to.
    Contact the Work Injury Law Offices of George S. Henderson in Long Beach to discuss your workplace injury and workers’ compensation claim in a free initial consultation.
    Call (877) 422-4454 or (562) 422-9797.

    Over the course of 30 years, attorney George S. Henderson has helped thousands of clients successfully resolve their workers’ compensation cases. We treat our clients with dignity and respect while skillfully advocating on their behalf.

    Types of workplace injuries that we handle include:

    You are entitled to benefits for primary injuries from accidents (one-time events). These include:

    Orthopedic injuries such as:

  • A Spinal, neck or back injury
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Bulging and herniated intervertebral discs
  • Knee injury
  • Foot and ankle injury
  • Shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist, hand and finger injury
  • Hips injury
  • Spine and thoracic injury
  • Head Injuries, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), that involve:

  • Cognitive loss
  • Memory loss
  • Disorientation
  • Personality change
  • Crush injuries
  • Amputation (from a finger or hand to a foot)
  • Burns
  • Spinal cord injury or nerve damage
  • Fibromyalgia, RSD and CRPS
  • Death (we represent families who have lost loved ones to workplace accidents)
  • Toxic Exposure — Related Disease

  • Lung injury, pulmonary (exposure to diesel fumes or carbon monoxide) or respiratory illness
  • Cancer (lung, stomach, colon, throat and other cancers; cancer diagnosed years after retirement)
  • Repetitive Trauma Injury

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tendonitis (whether from clerical work or from running a jackhammer)
  • De Quervain’s syndrome
  • Bursitis and rotator cuff tear
  • Impingement syndromes of shoulder
  • Chronic back pain or strain
  • Cumulative trauma
  • Overuse syndrome
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Onset of elevated blood pressure, or aggravation of high blood pressure due to psychological stress
  • Secondary Injuries Caused by First Injury. Also known in California as compensable consequences, which means that the employer must also pay for these injuries. Common compensable consequences include:

  • Medical malpractice
  • Psychiatric injures such as anxiety and depression
  • Gastric problems due to pain medications
  • Elevated blood sugar and elevated blood pressure due to inactivity and stress
  • Injuries to the opposite extremity due to favoring the injured extremity
  • Internal Medicine Conditions
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Toxic exposure
  • Stroke
  • Psychiatric Injury/Stress-Related Diagnoses
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attack
  • Mental illness
  • Fibromyalgia
  • RSD
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sleep disorder
  • You Are Not Alone. Call (877) 422-4454 or (562) 422-9797 Today.

    When you cannot work and are uncertain how to pay your bills, consider relying on a lawyer skilled in workers’ compensation law. Contact the Work Injury Law Offices of George S. Henderson in Long Beach online. We provide clients with sound legal counsel and effective advocacy throughout the workers’ compensation claims process.

    We offer Spanish, English, Vietnamese, Tagalog and Farsi language services.


    April 29th, 2009

    i-atriskproWorkers’ Comp — At-Risk Professions

    Different professions carry varying degrees and kinds of risk. Operating a crane on a construction site may be considered more dangerous than typing on a computer in an office. Yet working on a computer all day carries a risk of repetitive stress injury.

    The lawyers at the Long Beach firm of the Work Injury Law Offices of George S. Henderson have considerable understanding of the nature of injuries in at-risk professions. They understand how to make a workers’ compensation work for you.
    Contact the Work Injury Law Offices of George S. Henderson to arrange a free initial consultation. Call (877) 422-4454 or (562) 422-9797.

    Machinists, factory workers, warehouse workers and other industrial laborers tend to suffer serious injuries that involve amputations, such as the loss of a limb or a finger. How can you make up for such a loss? Machinists that we represent are often injured as a result of an accident with defective equipment.

    We do not charge a fee unless you recover compensation for you injuries.

    Construction workers may be injured in a trip or fall or they can be injured lifting heavy equipment. More serious injuries can occur from a fall off scaffolding or a falling crane. There is no light duty for most skilled construction workers and a severe injury can end a career.

    At-risk professionals include:

  • Firefighters
  • Police officers
  • Restaurant workers
  • Hotel workers
  • Drivers
  • Teachers and school employees
  • Hospital workers
  • State, county and city employees
  • Auto mechanics
  • Security guards
  • Custodians
  • Construction workers
  • Truck Drivers
  • Office workers
  • General Laborers
  • Technicians
  • “Independent contractors”
  • Independent Contractors

    If you are injured on the job and your employer is denying liability because, as they claim, you are an independent contractor, contact an attorney. If the employer retains any control over you, you may be an employee and not an independent contract, and therefore entitled to benefits and compensation for the purposes of workers’ compensation.

    We Look at How the Injury Affects Your Whole Life

    In addition to seeking benefits for your physical injury, an experienced attorney can explore questions that may add value to your settlement, such as:

  • Is your pain medication having a side effect?
  • Has your not being able to work caused depression which requires psychiatric treatment?
  • Has your blood sugar or blood pressure elevated because of inactivity?
  • We Use the Law to Maximize the Settlement Value of Every Workers’ Compensation Claim

    Call an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer at (877) 422-4454 or (562) 422-9797 or contact us online. We also handle personal injury claims if you have been injured at work by a third party.

    We offer Spanish, English, Vietnamese, Tagalog and Farsi language services.


    April 29th, 2009

    i-califworkcompWhat You Should Know about Workers’ Compensation Laws

    Changes to the Laws

    In April 2004 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law sweeping changes to the California Workers’ Compensation laws. Your employer’s insurance company is skilled at using these legalities to deny you disability payments and proper medical treatment.

    You need a lawyer who knows how to use the new laws to your maximum advantage. As an active member of the California Applicant’s Attorneys Association, George Henderson has been trained in using the new laws to secure compensation and medical treatment for you.

    Learn how the laws apply to your case – with a FREE evaluation!

    Purpose of Workers’ Compensation Laws

    California workers’ compensation laws ensure that employees who are injured or disabled on the job receive medical treatment and monetary compensation for their injuries. These laws also provide benefits for dependents of workers who are killed because of work-related accidents or illnesses.

    Benefits Granted by Workers’ Compensation Laws

    If you have been injured on the job, whether from a single event (for example, hurting your back in a fall, getting burned by a chemical spill, being hurt in a car accident while making deliveries) or repeated exposures (for example, hurting your wrist from repeated motion, losing your hearing because of constant loud noise), California workers’ compensation laws stipulate the following benefits:

    Medical Treatment at the Employer’s Expense – The employer or its insurance company is completely liable for all reasonable and necessary medical treatment costs. In the case of a severely disabling injury, the employer may be responsible for paying for home care costs if you are unable to completely care for yourself.

    Temporary Disability Payments – If the employer admits the injury was industrial, you will receive two payments per month to replace lost income while you are off work receiving medical treatment and recovering from the injury. If the employer denies your injury was industrial, the employer will not pay temporary disability benefits, but you still may be eligible to receive State of California disability payments (EDD).

    Permanent Disability Settlement – If your doctor writes a final report declaring that you suffered permanent impairment as a result of your work injury, you are entitled to be compensated. Settlement will be a lump sum of money based on the value that the final doctor’s report gives to your injuries.

    Vocational rehabilitation – If the doctor’s final report indicates you are eligible for job retraining, the employer’s insurance carrier can be made to pay a lump sum to an approved school for job retraining. Under current law no money is paid to you for vocational rehabilitation.

    Settlements and Awards

    There are several different ways to resolve a work injury claim in California. A Settlement is a voluntary agreement entered into by both parties; there are three primary types of settlement. If a settlement cannot be reached, either party may request an administrative trial that, if successful, results in a Finding as Award.

    Structured Settlement – In the case of a catastrophic or chronic injury, a structured settlement stipulates that you receive lifetime monthly payments.

    Settlement by Compromise and Release – The settlement amount is usually paid in a lump sum and you are not entitled to reopen the claim at a later date nor are you entitled to future medical treatment.

    Settlement by Stipulation and Award – If you continue to work for the employer you worked for at the time of injury, you may be paid the amount of settlement in equal monthly installments. The claim can be re-opened within five years of the date of injury for “new or further injury” and you can receive medical treatment for life at the employer’s expense for the body parts injured on the job.

    Finding and Award – If the parties cannot agree on a settlement amount, either party may request a trial before a workers’ compensation administrative law judge. (There is no right to jury trial in the workers’ compensation system.) Finding and Award is subject to two levels of appeal; however the appellate courts usually let stand the award of a trial court judge in workers’ compensation cases. Therefore, it is wise to settle the claim if at all possible.

    A Note about Admitted Injury Claims

    Once the injured worker is released from care by a treating doctor, or is determined to have reached maximum medical improvement by a doctor in the case, the employer’s insurance company will begin advancing in equal bimonthly installments the amount of permanent disability they feel is owed. At the point of settlement, or award, the amount of permanent disability that has been advanced (PDA) will be subtracted from any settlement or award.


    January 2nd, 2009

    George S. Henderson has issued the following  Press Release:

    On March 19, 2009  Division 4 of  California’s Second District Court of Appeal filed its Opinion and Decision rescinding the WCAB’s decision in Joel Grimaldo vs. WCAB. The Court’s decision also reinstated the ruling of  the Hon. Cynthia Quiel in the Long Beach division of California’s WCAB.

    Judge Quiel held that the injured worker’s pre-existing, undiagnosed diabetes was aggravated, or lit up by an industrial injury to his left foot. Thus the ensuing problems with wound-healing which resulted in amputation of Mr. Grimaldo’s left leg just below the knee also were to be considered industrial injuries according  Judge Quiel’s decision.  The import of this decision was that the injured worker could depend on the insurance carrier for the employer to pay benefits for all disability resulting from the diabetic condition as aggravated by the industrial injury. The benefits to be paid would necessarily include compensation for future medical care related to the diabetes as aggravated by industrial injury.

    The employer and its carrier Petitioned the WCAB appellate department for Reconsideration, which was granted.  Then Attorney George S. Henderson for the injured worker, filed a Petition for Writ of Review of the WCAB’s decision with California’s Second District Court of  Appeal.  The Second District Court of Appeal not only issued the Writ of Review, but also rescinded the WCAB’s decision and reinstated Judge Quiel’s decision.

    See website for California Courts of Appeal

    Attorney George S. Henderson

    Attorney George S. Henderson

    Contact the Work Injury Law Offices of George S. Henderson at (877)422-4454 or (562)422-9797 for a free consultation today.