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Farar & Lewis LLP is a top rated law firm, with over 40 years of combined experience. Our attorneys have won over $100 million, in combined verdicts and settlements for our clients. You deserve compensation for your pain and suffering, and it's our job to get it for you.

A Practice Dedicated Exclusively To Helping Injury Victims

If you have been injured in an auto accident or another type of accident that you did not cause, it is important that you seek the advice of a qualified California personal injury attorney who knows the law and has the ability to secure the compensation you deserve. At the law firm of Farar & Lewis LLP, we represent Southern California clients through some of the most difficult times of their lives.

We know how overwhelming it can be for injury victims to deal with overzealous insurance adjusters who want to settle their claims for as little as possible. We take the burden of the legal issues off your shoulders and work directly with the insurance company to negotiate a settlement that provides the medical care and financial support necessary to facilitate your recovery. If a fair settlement cannot be negotiated, we will take your case to court.

Our Iron-Clad Commitment To YOU

We are committed to you and your right to no-nonsense legal representation, timely communication and full compensation. We pride ourselves on providing punctual and honest case assessments.

Our team of trial lawyers has over 40 years of combined experience, fighting on behalf of victims all over the state of California. get a free consultation

RECENT CASE RESULTS

Motorcyclist Suffers From Automobile Accident
600,000.00
SETTLEMENT
Premises Liability/Trip and Fall
300,000
SETTLEMENT
Premises Liability/Trip and Fall
1,300,000.00
SETTLEMENT
Auto vs. Auto
500,000
SETTLEMENT
Pedestrian suffers from automobile accident
240,000.00
SETTLEMENT
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Can I sue for compensation if I’ve lost my job or career opportunities after an injury?

If a person’s job or career progress is dependent on their health, an injury can leave them in a disruptive predicament. However, if one is able to prove that they would have kept their job had the accident not occurred or would have been entitled to new job opportunities; they may recover either temporary total disability benefits, permanent disability benefits, or back pay.

 

Who is entitled to Temporary Total Disability?

 

You can seek temporary total disability benefits if you lose your ability to work or pursue a career opportunity due to a work-related injury. Your doctor will determine whether you are in a position to return to work or not. The doctor will issue you with a note indicating how long you are supposed to remain at home to recuperate from your injuries.

 

Benefits of Temporary Total Disability Payments

 

You are entitled to receive TTD benefits until any of the following happens:

 

  • Your doctor says you are fit to resume work
  • Your doctor says you have suffered a permanent disability and there is no hope for improvement
  • Two years after collecting disability benefits

When your doctor tells you that you have attained maximum medical improvement, you will stop receiving TTD benefits. After suffering permanent impairment or a limitation on the way you work, you will begin to receive permanent disability payments. Some states extend TTD payments for certain conditions like severe burns, amputations, HIV, hepatitis, lung diseases, and eye injuries.

 

TTD benefits are usually two thirds of one’s average weekly income up to a weekly maximum. For example, in California, the weekly maximum is $1,074.64 as of 2015. An additional benefit of TTD benefits is that they are not taxable.

 

Who is entitled to Permanent Disability Benefits?

 

You are entitled to permanent disability benefits if your medical condition is stable and fixed. Therefore, as long as there are curative options available or your physician thinks your condition may improve over time, you may not be entitled to permanent disability benefits. However, you are legible for a lifetime pension after your treatment is finalized.

 

Benefits for Permanent Disability Compensation

 

When you qualify for permanent disability benefits, you receive a regular payment of a fixed amount. You may get the payment once a month or twice a month or a schedule set out by the laws in your state. The amount is bound to increase periodically depending on the rising cost of living.

 

Permanent disability benefits entitle you to continued medical benefits but only up to the time you start getting lifetime pension compensation.

 

When Are You Entitled to Back Pay?

 

If your employer lays you off due to your injuries you are entitled to back pay benefits. Back pay is calculated starting from the time you were laid off to the time of the court’s ruling. Back pay involves overtime, raises, interest, and shift differentials. Back pay includes all the salary, wages, commissions, bonuses, and benefits you lost due to unlawful discrimination or dismissal minus the amount you are able to earn during this period. This offset is called mitigation.

 

Therefore, even if you are laid off from work due to your injuries you are supposed to make some effort to mitigate your losses. This means you should show some effort on your part that you tried to seek for employment before making a claim for back pay benefits. Basically, in these cases a discharged worker is supposed to:

 

  • Make reasonable effort towards finding employment
  • Accept employment that is similar to their former job if offered

If the defense can show the judge that you did not make any reasonable effort towards seeking employment, you will only receive nominal damages. However, if you reasonably satisfied the obligations of a discharged worker, you will receive lost wages plus other back pay benefits.

 

The court determines your award of back pay by deducting any compensation you could have earned working from the time of the employer’s unlawful act until the time of the court’s verdict. Furthermore, if the court awards you for loosing future earnings, it will deduct the compensation you are likely to receive from the time of the ruling until the projected end of your ability to work.

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