The California workers’ compensation system is a no fault system. In other words, an employee that is injured at work regardless of fault is entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits at the employer’s expense. If you are injured on the job, it is important that you report your injury immediately to obtain access to workers’ compensation benefits. If you fail to report your injury, this can have adverse consequences on your ability to recover. The state of California has strict limits on the time you have to report your injury and file a workers’ compensation claim. Benefits under the California workers’ compensation system typically include access to medical treatment, temporary disability, permanent disability, vocational rehabilitation voucher and mileage reimbursement. If you have been injured at work and are denied any of these benefits, you should contact an attorney immediately to assist you.
What types of injuries are covered under the workers’ compensation system?
Typically, there are two types of injuries in workers’ compensation; a specific injury or injury that develops over time (also known as a cumulative trauma injury). A specific injury includes injuries such as a slip and fall, a car accident, or injury that arises from lifting a heavy object. A cumulative trauma injury is an injury that develops gradually with time due to repetitive movements at work. These types of repetitive movements generally include prolonged typing, repetitive heavy lifting, repetitive bending or pulling, prolonged standing, or pressure and harassment in the work place. If you have sustained any of these types of injuries at work, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
If you are the family member or a dependent of an employee who died from an injury or sickness incurred in the course of his or her employment, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation death benefits. Call us today for a free consultation.