I sure wish we'd heard from you two years ago because by now, some of your options may have expired. You really need to get to a good workers' comp attorney right away before even more options expire.
One benefit that is about to expire is your temporary total disability. You can only get this for 104 weeks (2 years). If that ends, you are without money. There are some things you can do about this so get in to see a good w.c. attorney right away. There are some great w.c. attorneys in Santa Clara County. Find a good one here at www.avvo.com or at www.caaa.org. CAAA is the association for attorneys here in California who represent injured workers. Or you can call me for a referral. Good luck.
I assume you have been pursuing a workers' compensation claim. If you have not already done so, you should consult a good workers' compensation attorney about your options. Typically, workers' compensation is the only option you have as to your employer. The only exception would be if the circumstances meet the requirements of a "serious and wilful" claim against your employer. Again, talk to to a good workers compensation attorney regarding this possibility.
In addition, it's possible that you have a separate "third party" liability claim agains the manufacturer of the doors or any entity responsible for maintenance of the doors if separate from your employer. You can talk to the workers' compensation attorney about that possibility or consult a good personal injury attorney. You should act immediately so that any physical evidence can be documented or preserved.
If you do not already have an attorney then you need to find representation ASAP because you may have lost the right to pursue a third party case regarding the faulty doors.
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Your TTD is probably going to expire soon. There is very little in the way of Retraining Benefits anymore, so you will probably be best served to find a lighter job.
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Workers' Compensation is a no-fault system. It simply does not matter that
your boss was on notice about the doors. You deserve to be compensated for
your injury but that's it.
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