7459 Monterey Street, Suite A       Gilroy, CA 95020-5878
Robbins, Strunk & Cramer
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Do I Have A Case?

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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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.

Robbins, Strunk & Cramer – Español Introducción

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.

What do I do if my workers’ compensation claim is denied?

If you receive a letter from the workers’ comp insurance company you are dealing with that states they are delaying or denying your claim, you are most likely shocked and disappointed. You probably also have a lot of question like what your options are and what you should do next. The good news is that just because you received a letter stating that your workers’ compensation claim has been denied, it is not the final decision on whether your claim will ultimately be approved.

It is not uncommon for an insurance adjuster to find some basis for denying or delaying your claim. Often insurance adjusters will claim an injury did not occur at work or that you were not an employee at the time of the injury. If you do nothing after you receive a letter of denial for your workers’ compensation claim, the insurance company’s decision will be final.

If you do not agree with the denial you should consult with a workers compensation attorney. A workers’ comp lawyer will assist you in filing an “Application for Adjudication of Claim” with the Workers Compensation Appeals Board. A skilled and experienced workers’ compensation claim attorney may be able to negotiate a favorable settlement with the insurance company. Although it is not required that you be represented by an attorney in workers’ compensation claim matters, it is highly recommended in order to obtain the most favorable outcome.

If you received a letter of delay, it is likely because the insurance company is requesting more information. Under several circumstances, a claims adjuster may request that you been seen by a qualified medical examiner for further evaluation. They may provide you a list of doctors to select from. Most experienced workers’ compensation claim attorneys are familiar with the doctors and will be able to assist you in selecting a QME based on your particular circumstances.

It is important to remember that workers’ compensation claims adjusters are required to conduct a “good faith” investigation into the facts and circumstances of your workers’ compensation claim. This requires that they do more than just read over facts. They must evaluate and weigh the facts that are presented to them. When they are provided with information from your employer or another individual that may hurt your claim they will fully investigate it.

If you have been injured on the job and your workers’ compensation claim has been denied, then consult with a workers’ compensation attorney who will be able to provide you answers to your questions and assist you in getting the workers’ compensation that you may be entitled to. Call the workers’ compensation  claim attorneys at Robbins, Strunk & Cramer at 408-763-8336 to discuss your on the on the job injury and workers’ compensation benefits.

Migrant Farm Workers, Harvest Season, and Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Migrant farm workers, in the United States, suffer morbidity and mortality at much higher rates than the rest of the population. This is mainly due to a combination of hazardous working conditions, the lack of regulations, limited access to health care coverage and services, and poverty. Statistics continue to show that agriculture is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. In 2013 there were 23.2 on the job deaths per 100,000 workers as compared to the overall industry standard of 3.3 deaths per 100,000 workers.

In California, the harvest season is rapidly approaching and with that many migrant farm workers will be returning to the agriculture industry for seasonal work. Inevitably, many of these workers will suffer a spectrum of occupational illnesses and injuries including sun and heat exposure, exposure to chemicals and pesticides, falls, lacerations, trauma, and strains. Some will even be permanently disabled from on the job accidents.   

Migrant Hispanic workers are statistically more likely than others to be victims of a fatal occupational injuries. Recent data shows an increase in work injuries resulting in death involving Hispanic or Latino migrant farm workers. Migrant farm workers are also the least likely to seek medical attention when they do experience a work related injury. This is due to the fact that many employers of migrant farm workers do not carry workers’ compensation insurance.

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. California law states that farm workers are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Even if the employer or labor contractor does not carry workers’ compensation insurance, those who have been injured on the job may seek benefits from the Uninsured Employers Trust Fund.

If you are a migrant farm worker and have been injured on the job you should definitely seek medical attention and then consult with a workers’ compensation attorney who will be able to provide you answers to your questions and assist you in accessing the workers’ compensation that you may be entitled to. Call the migrant farm workers compensation attorneys at Robbins, Strunk & Cramer at 408-763-8336 to discuss your on the on the job injury and workers’ compensation benefits.

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