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Robbins, Strunk & Cramer
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With over 20 years experience representing injured workers, we realize that navigating the workers' compensation process can often feel confusing, intimidating and emotionally overwhelming. At Robbins, Strunk & Cramer, we work with our clients by providing exceptional legal representation and outstanding...

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Frequently Asked Questions

Workers' compensation is an insurance-based program run by the state that covers employees from the first minute of their employment for on-the-job injuries, which can range from the minor to the extremely serious, including death. The law requires the employer to pay workers' compensation...

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Client Testimonials

We agreed, and they took the case. They were persistent in getting the insurance company to pay attention to my concerns and responding to my physical pain. After much hard work on their part, I was then able to get medical attention started. When the insurance companies dragged their own feet...

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Has Your Workers’ Compensation Claim Been Denied?

If you were recently injured while on the job, you might have filed a workers’ compensation claim. After all, there is a good chance that you are having to miss a lot of work because of your injury, and you may need assistance with paying your bills and taking care of your family in the meantime. Additionally, as you might have found since you have been getting treatment for your work injury, the medical bills that go along with these accidents can get very expensive. This is something that should be covered by your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance, but if your claim has been denied, you could fear that you will have to tackle the mountain of medical debt yourself.

The good news is that just because your workers’ compensation claim has been denied does not mean that nothing can be done about it. There are many reasons why these claims get denied, but there are also a lot of lawyers out there who can assist with the situation.

Why Did Your Claim Get Denied?

Every workers’ compensation claim and every situation is different. These are some of the common reasons why these claims get denied:

  • You did not report the injury to your employer in a timely manner
  • Your claim was not filed in a timely manner
  • You haven’t sought out medical assistance
  • Your employer is denying the claim
  • You haven’t provided sufficient evidence

What to Do if Your Claim Was Denied?

If your claim was denied, you might worry that there is nothing else that you can do about the situation. However, an attorney can help you. You should have a certain time during which you can appeal the denial. With the help of your attorney, you can go through this complicated legal process with the knowledge that you have an experienced professional by your side.

Finding out that your workers’ compensation claim has been denied can be tough, particularly when you might already be stressed out about your pile of bills and when you aren’t feeling well because of your accident. However, we can help. Contact Robbins, Strunk & Cramer, we can sit down with you to talk to you about your case. Then, we can take action to help you get the workers’ compensation benefits that you are entitled to.

Workplace Accidents And Injuries

Workplace accidents are extremely common. In fact, three million people were injured in a workplace accident in 2015. There were nearly 5,000 fatal workplace accidents in 2014. Despite the fact that precautions have been taken to keep people safe in the workplace, accidents are still on the rise.

Most Common Accidents

Overexertion injuries are among the most common. These accidents occur as the result of holding, carrying, lifting, pushing, and pulling. Overexertion injuries are not only one of the most common workplace injuries, they are also one of the most expensive injuries.

Falls are another one of the most common workplace injuries. This is also one of the most preventable injuries. Making sure that spills are cleaned up and objects are removed from the floor are the best things that can be done in order to prevent falls.

People are also injured by falling objects. The head is the part of the body that is injured most often by a falling object. A head injury can be serious and cause long-term complications. Making sure that dangerous objects are kept in a place where they cannot fall on people will prevent a workplace injury.

Additionally, repetitive injuries are extremely common. Any activity that one keeps doing repeatedly can put one at risk for suffering an injury. Repetitive motions put strain on the body. Proper training can minimize the risk of a repetitive injuries.

What to do if you Have Suffered a Workplace Injury

A workplace accident can be life-changing. You may not be able to work for a long time because of an injury. You may also have to pay expensive medical bills. Additionally, workers compensation and insurance companies may under-compensate people. That is why you need to hire an attorney. Your lawyer can help you maximize your benefits. Contact Robbins, Strunk & Cramer today for a free consultation.

What do I do if I am Injured at Work?

Employers are supposed to provide a safe environment for their employees. However, sometimes the opposite is the case when dangerous areas pose injury risks. Whether inside or outside the premises, the absence of safeguards can serve as proof that injury incidents are likely to occur.

Contact Human Resources

If you have been injured at work and now you’re faced with a short-term or long-term disability, the first step you need to take is to contact your Human Resources department. You need to inform the HR Representative who handles disability claims and FMLAs about your situation. You will need to complete the appropriate paperwork to request time-off if your doctor has recommended recovery time. If your time-off request and disability coverage has been approved, you will receive notification from your employer.

Seek Legal if Your Claim is Denied

If you’ve submitted the proper documentation to your employer in a timely manner and your claim is denied, you can seek legal assistance regarding applying for workers’ compensation. A workers’ compensation lawyer is familiar with the strategies that some employers and insurance companies use to reduce or deny benefits for employees who have been injured at work.

Follow Through with Your Medical Recovery Plan

While your lawyer is working diligently to resolve your case, it is important that you follow up with your medical care and medication regime. The information documented in your records will verify your injury progress and indicate the length of time it will take for you to recover, or if the condition will worsen.

Worker Compensation Benefits

Workers’ compensation provides payment for lost wages and medical care. This type of insurance can help reduce the out-of-pocket expenses that you may be responsible for if your disability claim is denied. Workers compensation has been established to protect employees who have been injured at work from discrimination.

When employers fail to protect their workforce according to federal safety regulations, they can be held responsible. When you’ve followed the guidelines you were instructed to regarding your injury claim and your request has been denied, you don’t have to settle for denial. The workers’ compensation lawyers at Robbins, Strunk & Cramer may be able to help you get approved. Contact a lawyer today for assistance.

Documenting After a Workplace Injury

No one intends to get hurt at work, but unfortunately, accidents happen. It’s important for employees who have experienced a work-related injury to know their legal rights. Whether it is an accident that causes acute injury such as a slip and fall, or trauma that develops over time such as carpal tunnel syndrome, there are several things you can do to protect yourself.

Notify a Supervisory Immediately

If you are injured while on the job, report it immediately to your supervisor. In workers’ compensation cases, documentation is crucial in establishing a timeline and determining what actions are warranted on the part of the employer. If possible, report the injury in writing so that both you and your employer have copies. Be direct and clear about the extent of the injury, when it happened, and what circumstances contributed. (more…)

3 Tips to Surviving Your Case from a Workers’ Compensation Attorney

If you have been injured at work, then you are facing an uphill battle. Many injured workers fear retaliation for filing a workers compensation claim or have heard horror stories of protracted battles with the workers compensation insurance company over whether the injured worker still needs treatment or what is the best course of treatment. If you are an injured worker and concerned about surviving your workers compensation claim, consider these tips from a workers’ compensation law firm serving Gilroy, Hollister, San Martin and Morgan Hill. (more…)

Robbins and Strunk: Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

When it comes to workers’ compensation representation one need look no further than the law office of Robbins, Strunk and Cramer. Serving the Gilroy, Hollister, San Marino and Morgan Hill areas, Robbins, Strunk and Cramer are the premiere work injury law firm for South County California. They fight for their clients to get the benefits they are entitled to.

Since 1992, the attorneys have been representing injured workers in a wide variety of workers’ compensation matters in a wide spectrum of occupations and settings. They have more than 50 years of combined experience. When it comes to workers’ compensation, they are known for obtaining the best possible outcomes on behalf of their clients. They have a reputation for compassion and accomplishment. (more…)

Workers Compensation Experts

Consult With an Experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today Pursuing Claims in Gilroy, Hollister, Morgan Hill, San Martin and surrounding areas

Injured at work? Having trouble understanding the paperwork? Is your medical treatment being denied or delayed? Discuss your situation with a highly-skilled Workers’ Compensation Attorney at the law firm of Robbins, Strunk & Cramer, and get the legal representation you need to receive the benefits you deserve.
The Robbins, Strunk & Cramer Difference

Since 1992, our distinguished attorneys have successfully represented injured workers in all occupations and workplace settings on a wide variety of workers’ compensation matters serving, Hollister, Morgan Hill, San Martin, Gilroy and surrounding cities. Our impressive record of accomplishment and personalized service has earned us the reputation as the South County’s premiere work injury law firm. With more than 50 years of combined experience, we are committed to helping our clients achieve their goals and compassionately and effectively guide them through every step in the process. Our dedication to excellence, proven results and outstanding client service is unsurpassed, and we look forward to successfully working on your behalf.
Our Full-Service Workers’ Compensation Practice Includes:

Petitions to Reopen
Workplace Accidents
On the Job Car Accidents
Common Workplace Injuries
Construction Site Accidents
Labor Code 132a Petitions
Serious and Willful Misconduct
Exposure to Toxic Substances
Industrial and Manufacturing Accidents
Workers’ Compensation Cases and Appeals

Notary Public Services Offered

Robbins, Strunk & Cramer also provides notary public services for all your notarial needs. Fees are dependent on the signatures and/or document involved. Please call to schedule an appointment for this service.
Discuss Your Case With a Gilroy Attorney Serving San Martin, Hollister and Morgan Hill in Workers’ Compensation Law

If you’ve been injured on the job, please contact the law firm of Robbins, Strunk & Cramer for a free initial consultation either in person or over the phone. Our team of caring and highly experienced attorneys will efficiently evaluate your case, personally answer your questions and confidentially advise you on the most beneficial course of action. We have an office conveniently located in Gilroy and are always available by phone. Give us a call today!

Why I Love What I’m Doing – Debra Strunk

Debra Strunk — Highly Experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Hollister, Gilroy, Morgan Hill, and San Martin

Debra Strunk has been practicing law since 1984, and represents all parties in injured worker claims before the San Jose and Salinas Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. Committed to excellence, Debra provides her diverse clients not only with successful results, but also with personalized communication at every phase of the legal process. Debra works in the Santa Cruz dependency court. Before Debra became an attorney, she was a Spanish and Remedial English teacher. Debra was born in San Francisco and also enjoys reading and growing orchids in her spare time.
Education

B.A., California State University, Fresno
J.D., Monterey College of Law (1984)

Admissions

California and U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (1984)

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

California Applicant’s Attorney Association

Languages Spoken

Spanish

To learn more about how an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer serving Gilroy, Hollister, Morgan Hill and San Martin can assist you in obtaining the benefits you are entitled to, please contact us for a free initial consultation.

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Who Is Robbins Strunk & Cramer

Since 1992, our distinguished attorneys have successfully represented injured workers in all occupations and workplace settings on a wide variety of workers’ compensation matters serving, Hollister, Morgan Hill, San Martin, Gilroy and surrounding cities.

Our impressive record of accomplishment and personalized service has earned us the reputation as the South County’s premiere work injury law firm. With more than 50 years of combined experience, we are committed to helping our clients achieve their goals and compassionately and effectively guide them through every step in the process.

Our dedication to excellence, proven results and outstanding client service is unsurpassed, and we look forward to successfully working on your behalf.

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