Workers Compensation in California

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Workers Compensation in California

Workers compensation law in California is different than most states. California has a no-fault system, in which its goal is to mutually benefit the employers and employees. If an employee is injured at work by a work-related accident, the employee may be compensated for his or her injuries, unless the injury was self-inflicted because the employee was under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol. 

If the employee is injured or becomes ill at work and subsequently dies, California workers’ compensation benefits allow the employee’s estate to collect death benefits.

With a few exceptions, all California employers are required to have workers’ compensation insurance to cover their employees for any work-related injuries or illnesses. 

What Does Workers Compensation Cover?

Workers compensation covers work related injury. The key is to determine whether the injury was a preexisting condition and whether it was caused by duties performed during the course of work.

The general types of workers compensation given are:

Can I Recover Any Damages Along with Workers Compensation?

Yes. Depending on your unique situation, you may also qualify for state disability or social security disability benefits. Furthermore, if a third party is involved, you may have claims for products liability and manufacturing defects.

What Type of Workers’ Compensation Benefits Can I Qualify For?

California workers' compensation benefits include payments made to the employee while they are injured or ill. The type of benefits depends on the type and severity of the injury.

There are four types of disability or injuries under the California’s workers’ compensation law: Temporary Total Disability, Temporary Partial Disability, Permanent Total Disability, and Permanent Partial Disability Benefits.

Do I Need a California Lawyer?

An employment lawyer in California can help you assess your case and negotiate a better settlement plan for you. Moreover, he can represent you before the claims investigator to prevent you from being tricked into obtaining a smaller pay benefits.

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Last Modified: 05-12-2016 03:46 PM PDT

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