San Diego, CA asked in Personal Injury for California

Q: I took a job"under the table" . I fell off a stool, broke my neck. Do I have any legal recourse? I am paralyzed.

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William John Light
William John Light
Answered
  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: You have a workers compensation claim. If your employer didn't maintain workers compensation insurance, you have a personal injury lawsuit. Contact a PI attorney to discuss in detail.

Gerald Barry Dorfman agrees with this answer

Haleh Shekarchian
Haleh Shekarchian
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  • Beverly Hills, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Yes, you could pursue a worker’s compensation case against your employer. If he has no insurance, the State of California Uninsured Employer Fund will pay your claim on your employer’s behalf and then the State of California will pursue your employer to seek penalties for not having worker’s compensation insurance. You can contact anyone of us on Justia for a free consultation.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
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  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: much more info needed. Sorry to hear of your serious injury.

what caused you to fall?

you need to write down a summary of ALL the facts, with all the info on everyone there that witnessed the incident.........and make an appointment to see a personal injury lawyer in your area asap AND don't talk to anyone about the case other than a lawyer and for sue not to anyone from the insurance company....

Silence is golden!!!!.

drugs involved? horsing around? what caused you to fall.

no doubt you will be pursuing a worker's comp case at the best. Do you know if your employer had WC insurance? without more info it doesn't sounds like negligence.

if you need help finding a lawyer please contact me or any of the other lawyers listed herein for a referral to a lawyer in your city....i don't do comp but would be happy to give you some direction.

Theodore Allan Greene
Theodore Allan Greene
Answered
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: As the others have said... You should contact a personal injury lawyer right away and document everything to date.

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