Every month, a reader asks one of our sponsor legal experts about a work-related issue. These building trades law professionals respond in an Organized Labor exclusive. This month’s expert is Jonathan Davis of the Arns Law Firm.

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My cousin and I were injured on the job. He fell in a hole and I got hurt lifting some materials. My injuries were worse but he received a larger settlement. Why?

Your cousin probably fell in an uncovered hole left by another employer. He probably had a “third party” civil case and a workers’ compensation claim. If your injury was caused in any way by another employer you may have the right to both a workers’ compensation claim and a “third party” case. Workers’ compensation claims are limited to disability benefits and medical care. In a “third party” case you may be compensated for all your lost wages, benefits, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. Your case demonstrates the difference between workers’ compensation benefits and a “third party” case. When you are hurt on the job it is very important to contact a lawyer who can guide you through both types of cases.

-Jonathan Davis, Founder of The Arns Law Firm, San Francisco, CA


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Jonathan Davis

This Month's Expert; Jonathan Davis

Jonathan Davis is a Partner of the Arns Law Firm with a stellar trial record and day to day responsibility for case management, strategic vision and tactical implementation. He is always available work with clients on the small details in their cases and has also argued before the Supreme Court of California. Jonathan is rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating possible for both legal and ethical standards, is a Northern California Super Lawyer and has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America. Jonathan has dedicated his working life to representing working people. Prior to becoming an attorney, he was an International Representative and National Field Director for the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union. After representing workers in arbitrations throughout the West, Jonathan joined The Arns Law Firm and dedicates himself to representing injured workers and their families devastated by catastrophic injuries as well wage and hour and consumer class actions. Jonathan is bilingual in Spanish and is past Chairman of the non-profit affordable housing organization the African American Construction Workers Association (AACWA). Jonathan currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Local 261 Community Service and Training Foundation and is a former member of the Board of Governors of the Consumer Attorneys of California.

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