Workers’ compensation can be helpful for both employers and employees in the event of a workplace injury. By California law, all employers with the exception of self-employed individuals have to carry workers’ compensation insurance in case an employee gets hurt on the job and files a claim for benefits. However, not all employers carry insurance. The penalties they face can be severe, and can result in financial ruin and could lead to the dissolution of the enterprise. Hiring the right workers’ compensation defense lawyer can make a difference, and the attorneys at Sacks & Zolonz, LLP can work to reduce fines and other penalties for uninsured employers.
The fines that employers face when they are uninsured and an employee files a workers’ compensation claim can be astronomical. Employers may be compelled by the court to pay fines up to 100,000 dollars and could be incarcerated in a county jail for up to a year. Financial penalties are calculated based on the number of employees on the payroll at the time the workers’ compensation claim was filed, and these fines could range between 2,000 and 10,000 dollars per employee—not just the employee who was injured.
On top of the fines and potential incarceration uninsured employers may face, if the injured employee files a lawsuit against their employer, the costs can continue to snowball. Employees could sue for lost wages, pain and suffering, and coverage of medical care related to their injury, and if the court finds in their favor, the expenses could become extremely costly. Many employers do not carry insurance because of high premiums charged by carriers, but the truth is that the costs of insurance premiums are minimal compared to the potential costs of a lawsuit.
If you are an uninsured employer facing a legal issue after an employee has filed a claim and you want to reduce penalties and avoid serious legal repercussions, you need to speak to a workers’ compensation defense attorney about your case. Our attorneys can offer you legal advice and help you get informed about your available options under the law. We wrote the book on workers’ compensation defense, and we specialize in aiding uninsured employers who are dealing with legal matters related to workers’ compensation.
Sacks & Zolonz, LLP can advocate for you and your business in court if you are facing legal problems related to lack of workers’ compensation insurance. Our attorneys are among the foremost workers’ compensation defense specialists in the region, and our expertise and results-oriented approach to defending employers have earned us a reputation for excellence. We can negotiate on your behalf and work to reduce penalties so you can get back to running your business. Contact us today for a consultation and let us help you get your company back on track.