Sachi Barreiro is a legal editor at Nolo, specializing in
employment law and workers’ compensation law. Before joining Nolo, Sachi
practiced law for several years in San Francisco, first representing injured
plaintiffs in personal injury lawsuits, then advising businesses on employment
and corporate matters. Sachi received her law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law,
where she graduated magna cum laude.
Articles By Sachi Barreiro
In a workers' compensation case, your disability rating determines whether you’ll receive permanent disability benefits and in what amount. Here's how it works.
If your injuries are not clearly work-related, require extensive medical treatment, involve long periods of time off work, or result in permanent disability, you should call a workers' compensation lawyer.
Many employees who are injured at work get immediate medical treatment and go on to fully recover. Workers' comp will cover their medical bills and perhaps pay for a few days or weeks off work.
You might be concerned about hiring a lawyer in your workers’ compensation case because you’ve heard how expensive lawyers can be. While this is true in many other areas of law, it’s actually much more affordable to hire a workers’ comp lawyer. Most states limit how much lawyers can charge in these types of cases, and you usually won't owe your lawyer any fees unless you win your case.