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California Workers’ Compensation is a no-fault system for injuries connected with your employment, whether they are specific injuries or an injury that developed over time due to your repetitive job duties. California employers must provide workers’ compensation benefits to employees by paying workers’ compensation insurance from one of the many licensed insurers in the state. All employers must purchase workers’ compensation insurance, regardless of the number of employees. As an employee, you are entitled to medical treatment of your injuries, lost wages, disability payments while you are unable to work, job retraining, permanent disability benefits if you do not fully recover from your injury, and other benefits.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can I get fired for filing a workers’ compensation claim?
Any retaliatory action taken by your employer as a result of you filing a workers’ compensation claim is against the law. Firing, demotion, reducing your work hours, or hostility in the workplace may be considered a retaliatory act and you could be entitled to an increase in benefits.
Can future employers find out if I filed a claim with my previous employer?
It is against the law for any employer to inquire about any prior workers’ compensation claims you may have filed or try and search for your workers’ compensation claims history. This applies at the time of hiring and while you are employed.
How much does it cost to hire an attorney to handle my claim?
Generally, attorneys will handle your case with no upfront cost to you. Instead, once a claim is successfully settled, the attorney will take a percentage of the settlement as their fees. All costs including legal work, doctor’s bills, MRIs, X-Rays and physical therapy while you are injured are at no cost to you.
What do I have to do when I file a workers’ compensation claim?
Once you file a workers’ compensation claim, your attorney will typically refer you to a doctor to receive an evaluation and treatment for your injuries. It is possible that the insurance company may require you to take a deposition. Although very few cases end up going to trial, if yours does, you may need to be available to testify.
What settlements should I expect to receive from a workers’ compensation claim?
The settlement you may receive depends on the extent of your injuries, how long the injury has disabled you, and future medical care and treatment. The workers’ compensation system is designed to compensate you for how much the injury has disabled you. When it comes to future medical care and treatment, you may either have a choice to have the insurance company pay for future medical treatments for your injuries or have them provide you a lump sum settlement that projects the costs.
If you have a work-related injury, your employer is required by law to pay for workers’ compensation benefits.
Personal injury law provides monetary compensation to victims due to someone else’s negligence or carelessness.
Employment law is a practice in place to protect you from improper actions or violations by your employer.
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