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California Workplace Injuries Law and Compensation

Any job can be dangerous. From slips and falls to torn muscles or electric shocks and even death, every profession has its dangers.

When you become injured at work, you may be able to make a workers’ compensation claim. Workers’ compensation helps injured workers to provide for themselves when they are unable to work, and pays them because they were hurt.

What Is Workers’ Compensation?

Workers’ compensation was created to give financial support to anyone who has been hurt in the workplace, or to people who have suffered a job-related illness.

If these injuries or illnesses are so serious that an employee cannot return to work, workers’ compensation will provide payments to help with expenses.

Although the system was established to help workers, it can be difficult to win compensation without help.

What Kinds of Benefits Can I Receive?

The State of California has a formula that pays medical and disability benefits to injured workers. In many cases, the benefits check will be a percentage of their normal salary.

Our workers’ compensation lawyers can help to determine if you are eligible for the benefits, and then we can calculate the actual amount.

There are various types of benefits that you may receive. These include:

  • Benefits for permanent damages
  • Benefits for temporary damages
  • Benefits for medical expenses
  • Supplementary awards
  • Death benefits

The type of benefits you will receive depends on the type of injury you suffered, and if your injury is permanent or temporary.

How Can I Apply for a Workers’ Compensation Payment?

To request workers’ compensation, you will have to fill out a form that your employer will give you. This form is available with instructions in English and Spanish. You must fill it out and show several types of documents to complete your request.

You will also be required to visit a physician chosen by your employer’s insurance company, although it is possible that you will be able to see your own doctor as well.

You must apply for California workers’ compensation benefits within 30 days of your injury. If you do not meet this deadline, it’s possible that you will no longer be able to seek benefits. Your employer’s insurance company will provide an answer to your request within 14 days, and will approve or reject your claim.

If you workers’ compensation claim is rejected, contact a lawyer immediately. Claims can be denied for all sorts of reasons, but it is difficult to fight against an insurance company’s decision without help.

This Blog is made available by Grupo MedLegal for informational purposes only and does not provide legal or medical advice. The information provided on the Blog should not be used as a substitute for competent legal or medical advice from a licensed professional.

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