California Workers’ Compensation Law – Understanding Your Rights

Injuries can happen in just about any industry and at any time.   Employees have been known to suffer injuries from chemical exposure, falls (link to slip and fall page), car accidents (link to car & truck accident page), lifting heavy objects and performing repetitive motions.  In actuality, the list of potential workplace accident is endless.

An on-the-job accident can lead to a painful injury, which can keep you from returning to work and earning the paycheck your family counts on.  If you have been injured in a workplace accident, you need to be aware of your rights under California Workers' Compensation Law.

California's workers' comp law requires that your employer pay for workers' compensation benefits if you are hurt or become ill as a result of your job duties.  The way workers' comp operates is simple.  As an injured employee, you receive immediate benefits no matter who was to blame for your work accident.  The tradeoff is that you are not able to sue your employer for your injuries.

There are six basic workers compensation benefits available under the law, which include medical care, temporary disability benefits, permanent disability benefits, supplemental job displacement benefits and death benefits.  Medical care is paid for by your employer to help you recover from your injuries.  In the event that you have to take time away from work, you may be able to obtain temporary disability benefits, which are designed to cover lost wages during your recovery.  If your injury leads to a disability, you could be entitled to permanent disability benefits.

Supplemental job displacement benefits are available under workers' comp and provide a way to pay for retraining or skill enhancement if you do not fully recover from your work injury.  Job placement counseling is also offered as a benefit, if you are unable to return to your old job.

The law also provides for death benefits to the spouse, children or other dependents of the deceased worker.  To qualify for this benefit, the worker must have died from a work-related injury or illness.

Navigating the workers' compensation system can be overwhelming, which is why you should contact a Los Angeles workers' compensation attorney for assistance.  Call Steinberg Injury Lawyers today at 1-800-350-8888 for a free legal consultation regarding your work injury.  We can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
 
Peter Steinberg, Esq.
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