What Benefits is an Injured Worker Entitled to Receive?

You are entitled to benefits if you have suffered an injury at work and it does not matter if the injury is a specific injury, cumulative trauma injury or harmful exposure injury. Specific Injuries are the most straight forward injuries and can be traced to a single incident that happened such as a fall, a lifting of a box, or an auto accident. Cumulative Injuries sometimes develop over time and are caused by repetitive motions or heavy labor that eventually develops into pain. Harmful Exposure Injuries tend to be one where someone was exposed to harmful chemicals, fumes, and/or liquids. As long as the injuries were arising under or in the course of employment you are enabled to receive certain benefits.These benefits include Medical Treatment, Reimbursement for Mileage, Temporary Disability Payments, Permanent Disability Payments, and Supplemental Job Displacement Vouchers.  (more…)

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 


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 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…)