What are the types of injuries covered under California’s Workers’ Compensation System?

What are the types of injuries covered under California’s Workers’ Compensation System?

When an injury is covered under the Workers’ Compensation system, it is known as a “compensable injury.”  The injury must stem from work-related physical or emotional harm.  An important concept in workers’ compensation is that each employer takes an employee “as is.”  This means the employer cannot deny workers’ compensation coverage simply because a person in perfect health would not have been injured.  It is also irrelevant if the employer did not know about a worker’s prior conditions or if the employee never told the employer about past injuries or preexisting conditions. Here are some of the major categories of injuries that are covered in California’s Workers’ Compensation System. (more…)

Can I File a Claim After I’ve Been Fired or Resigned From My Job?

Generally, you have to file a workers’ compensation claim before you were fired, laid off or voluntarily quit.  However, you can still be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if you can show at least one of the following:

  • Employer Knew of Your Injury Before Termination or Layoff
  • Injury Occurred between Your Notice of Termination and the Last Day of Work 
  • You Received Medical Attention for the Injury before Termination or Layoff 
  • You Became Aware of Cumulative Trauma Injury after Termination or Layoff 

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Getting Immediate Medical Attention and Why It Is Important to Your Case

If you are injured on the job, do not wait!  Getting immediate medical attention not only protects your health and well being, but it also creates a record of your injury in case the employer later denies that you were injured on the job.  If you designated a primary treating physician before your injury, you may be able to get treatment with your doctor.  (more…)

What should I do if I fell off of a ladder at work?

If you fell off of a ladder at work you should immediately notify your employer of your injuries. Employer does not simply mean co-workers but rather someone in a position of authority, such as foreman, supervisor or human resources.  Though you can notify them verbally of your fall, you should send a written notice within 30 days of the injury so that there is no dispute on whether you timely notified your employer. You can find the Department of Workers Compensation Claim Form here(more…)

What should I do if I injured my back on the job?

If you injured your back on the job there are several steps you should take. The first and most important step is to immediately notify your employer of your back injury.   Though you can notify them verbally of your back injury, you should send a written notice within 30 days of the injury so that there is no dispute on whether you timely notified your employer.  It is not enough to tell your coworkers that you are injured. (more…)

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