Cramer and Martinez

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7459 Monterey St., Suite A, Gilroy, CA 95020

Gilroy, CA Union Worker Injury Lawyers

San Jose union worker injury law firm

Attorneys For Injured Union Employees in Santa Clara County and Surrounding Areas

Employees who belong to unions are able to access many benefits due to their membership, and they also have the support of collective bargaining when facing a variety of work-related issues. Unionized occupations also tend to be some of the most prone to occupational injuries and diseases. If you are injured because of your work, it is usually a good idea to work with both your union representatives and a workers' compensation attorney to explore all possible benefits that may be available to you.

The attorneys at Cramer & Martinez, LLP have represented union workers and other California employees throughout the workers' compensation process for over 20 years. We will work closely with you and your union to determine the best course of action after your injury, and stand up for your interests to help you get the benefits you need.

California Workers' Comp Lawyers for a Variety of Union Jobs

Unions support employees in many different industries and occupations. We have experience serving a wide variety of union employees, including but not limited to:

  • Police officers and firefighters: First responders and those who promote the safety and security of their communities are often at risk of injuries due to violence, vehicle accidents, fires, physical exertion, and more.
  • Utility and maintenance workers: Employees who work with electric, gas, water, and sewage services may suffer from electrocution and burn injuries, exposure to harmful chemicals and other substances, and injuries from falls or heavy equipment accidents.
  • Transportation workers: Truck drivers, bus drivers, train conductors, pilots, sailors, and other transportation employees are frequently at risk of injury from collisions and malfunctions involving their vehicles, among other causes.
  • Construction workers: Scaffold and ladder accidents, machinery accidents, slip and falls, and dangerous materials are all possible causes of injuries and illnesses among building and construction employees.
  • Manufacturing workers: Factory employees are often injured in falls, accidents involving heavy machinery, and exposure to hazardous substances involved in the manufacturing process, and they may develop repetitive stress injuries due to the routine tasks of their jobs.
  • Teachers: Teachers can be injured due to slip and falls, incidents of school violence, and repetitive stress from long periods of sitting or standing.

We can also handle cases involving other unionized public sector employees, including those who work for Santa Clara County and the City of San Jose, for example.

Benefits for Injured Union Employees

If you are injured at your union job, you often have multiple options for obtaining benefits that can help with your recovery and financial losses. As with any other employee throughout the state of California, you can pursue a claim for workers' compensation through your employer by notifying them promptly after your injury and submitting a claim form. We can guide you through this process, and represent you in an appeal if your claim is denied.

Available workers' compensation benefits include compensation for any medical care necessary for your injuries, temporary disability benefits for missed work time or reduced earning capacity during your recovery, permanent disability benefits for lost wages due to permanent impairment of your working abilities, a Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit that pays for education and training to return to work, and death benefits for surviving family members if the injuries prove fatal.

However, union employees also often have access to additional benefits and support through their union. Some of the things that your union can do after a work-related injury include:

  • Support you in your workers' comp claim, including by helping you obtain information from your employer that you can use as evidence, such as workplace safety and accident records.
  • Help you work with your employer to negotiate for accommodations or alternative job responsibilities that allow you to return to work and earn a wage after your injury.
  • Inform you of benefits that may be available through your union's welfare fund, which may include further compensation for lost wages, paid health leave, disability benefits and insurance, retirement pensions, and unemployment benefits if you are unable to return to work.

Contact a San Jose Workers' Compensation Attorney

After your workplace injury, we will work alongside your union to help make your recovery possible and ensure you are treated fairly by your employer. Contact us today at 408-848-1113 for a free initial consultation. We serve clients in San Jose, Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Salinas, Hollister, Watsonville, Los Banos, and throughout Santa Clara County, Monterey County, San Benito County, Santa Cruz County, and surrounding areas.

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