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San Diego Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

Serving Los Angeles and surrounding Southern California Areas

Choosing the right legal help after an accident or work-related injury is a very important decision.

You need a workers' compensation lawyer in San Diego who will take the time to understand your needs and provide personalized attention to you and your case.

At Leigh Law Firm, we know how stressful and challenging injuries can be and the impact they have on not only you but your family and career, as well. Workers' compensation in San Diego must follow both federal and state laws and our lawyers are familiar with every rule you need to get compensation for your work injuries.

Our experienced San Diego workers’ compensation attorney serves the Southern California area and is here to help you plan for the future.

Contact Leigh Law Firm now to schedule a free consultation.

CA Workers' Comp Laws

California requires all employers who have more than one employee to carry workers’ compensation insurance.

If you were injured on the job, you are entitled to workers’ compensation to seek help for your injuries and receive financial support for the time you have to take off work.

Unfortunately, insurance companies are not always forthcoming with payouts for injured workers.

They may try to claim that your injury is not as serious as it is in order to save on their own expenses. Our firm is here to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Why Hire Leigh Law Firm?

  • Free, No-Obligation Consultations

  • No Out-of-Pocket Costs Unless We Win

  • Skilled & Passionate Legal Advocacy

  • Direct Access to an Attorney

  • Extensive Record of Successful Results

  • Former Defense Attorney on Your Side

  • Experienced & Successful Litigator

  • Recovered Millions for Injured Workers

Millions Recovered for Our Clients

  • 5,000,000.00 Brain Injury Settlement

    $5,000,000.00 recovered for a client who sustained a traumatic brain injury while on a work trip. This was a heavily disputed case. Defendant insurance carrier argued that it was not a work sanctioned trip and was therefore a vacation because the trip was not authorized and paid for by the employer. Leigh Law Firm was able to argue that the trip was work-related because the trip included vendors that do business with the employer, and therefore the trip was for the betterment of the employer.

  • $375,000.00 Patient Sitter
    Recovered $375,000 for our client who had a stroke that occurred at work.
  • $350,000.00 MTA Bus Operator

    Denied Cumulative Trauma claim to multiple body parts for an MTA bus operator of over 15 years. Client had significant back and knee injuries, and defendant did not want to pay any wage loss or provide any treatment.

    Result: Injury found to be compensable. Obtained over 1 ½ years of lost wages, medical treatment, permanent disability, and future medical care

  • $320,000.00 Death Claim
    Recovered $320,000 for spouse and child after husband fell to his death.
  • $300,000.00 Licensed Vocational Nurse

    Client endured significant harassment from superiors and co-workers, which lead to him having a heart attack on the job. Insurance company denied the case and alleged that the condition was pre-existing and not related to his job.

    Result: Settlement of lost wages, permanent disability, medical treatment and future medical care.

  • $155,000 Fire Fighter Trauma
    $155,000 recovered for a fire fighter with a Cumulative Trauma claim.
  • $150,000.00 Motor Vehicle Accident On the Job

    Client sustained significant back injury in a motor vehicle accident while working. Insurance company did not pay any lost wages or any medical treatment for over a year.

    Result: Temporary Disability benefits picked up with back pay, penalties, interest, and ongoing future medical care.

  • $145,000.00 Slip and Fall Settlement
    $145,000 recovered for bakery worker who slipped and fell.
  • $116,000 Retired Professional Baseball Player
    Recovered $116,000 for a retired professional baseball player.
  • $100,000.00 Professional Baseball Player

    Cumulative Trauma claim for minor league baseball player as a result of playing and practicing professional baseball.

    Result: $100,000 Settlement

Your Southern California Injury Attorney

Alexander J. Leigh, Esq. founded Leigh Law Firm for the purpose of providing clients with the highest standard of representation and service. Our goal is to navigate you through the complex legal system so that you can recover from your injuries worry-free.

At Leigh Law Firm, we understand that injuries can have devastating:

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • And financial effects on you and your family

Our goal is to protect your rights, ensure that you receive the best medical care, and maximize your compensation so that you can focus all of your attention on your recovery. Our San Diego injury lawyers know how important your case is to you and your family, which makes it important to us.

Answering Workers' Compensation FAQ:

Q. How quickly do I need to report my work-related injury?

You should try to let your employer know about your injury as soon as possible after the injury occurs. If for some reason this isn't possible, you need to submit a report within 30 days of the date of your injury in order to preserve your workers' comp claim.

Q. Will I get to choose which doctor I see for my injury?

Normally your employers insurance company will specify which doctors you are able to see within a certain network. However, there are cases where you may be able to switch doctors at a later point. You can contact our firm to find out more about this!

Q. What if my employer does not have workers' compensation insurance?

Every employer in California is required to carry workers' comp insurance, so if your employer has failed to do so, you have grounds for a civil lawsuit against them. In addition, California Labor Code §§ 3715, 3716 (2018) sometimes allows for injured employees to receive compensation from the Uninsured Employers Benefits Trust Fund if your employer does not have workers' comp insurance.

Q. Are workers' compensation claims public record?


Future employers can access general details about a workers' compensation case by utilizing the Electronic Adjudication Management System (EAMS), which will provide them with information regarding:

  • The employees name
  • Injuries
  • Date the case was filed/settled
  • Case number
  • Attorney name
  • And employer and insurance company names

However, the are certain rules as to how they can use this information when looking at potentially hiring you.

Q. Can workers' compensation be garnished?

In general, workers' compensation benefits may not be garnished in California. However, there are sometimes exceptions to this rule. If you would like additional information, contact our office today.

Q. Can I claim workers' compensation for stress?

A stress workers' compensation claim would fall under the category of "psychiatric injury."

In order to receive compensation for this type of injury the claimant must be able to prove the following:

  • They have a diagnosed mental disorder
  • Your disorder has required you to have medical treatment or resulted in a disability
  • You have been working for your employer for 6 months
  • Your employment has been the predominant cause leading to your psychiatric injury (at least 51% responsible)

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Client Testimonials

  • “You were accessible and your advice we had felt full confidence in.”

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  • “I always got answers to my questions. He always had time to respond to my phone calls and emails.”

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  • “I retained Mr. Leigh to represent me and I could not be happier with my decision.”

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  • “Now I’m walking away with a smile on my face and a new job and knowing I made the right decision.”

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  • “He explained in detail what to expect during the process and always there to answer any questions I might have for my case.”

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  • “His office handled everything and got me a GREAT SETTLEMENT!”

  • “He was always available to me to discuss my case, promptly returned my calls, and achieved great results.”

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  • “If you need to get the job done then Alex is your guy.”

  • “He is a caring attorney, who undoubtedly, looks out for his client's best interest!”

    Thalia B.
  • “We felt well informed and advised through the process. You were accessible and we had full confidence in your advice.”

    Michelle S.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

It is important that you take the time to find the San Diego workers' comp attorney who is right for you and your case. Our workers’ comp lawyer has represented both injured workers and insurance companies in the past.

He understands how these cases are handled from both sides, and he is passionate about finding the best outcome possible for his clients. As a client, you will have direct access to an attorney who is always personally available.

We encourage you to contact us to arrange a free consultation. Meet with our team and decide for yourself if our firm is equipped to handle your case. We do not charge any fees unless we recover compensation for you.

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