California Workers' Compensation Law
Workers’ compensation laws safeguard people who are hurt on the job. The workers’ compensation system, offers a number of benefits to hurt employees. If you cannot work because of a job injury, workers’ compensation pays your medical bills and provides compensation to help replace your lost income until you can return to work. Some of the more common benefits you may be entitled to include:
Medical Treatment: Workers’ Compensation is supposed should provide for medical treatment for work related injuries. Medical treatment also includes mileage associated with your medical care. Thus, you should keep track of your medical treatment mileage to insure that you are properly compensated for it.
Temporary Disability Benefits: Are payments to a hurt worker unable to work due to an injury. Payments are typically based on two thirds of the average weekly wage of an employee, with state-mandated regular maximum, depending on your date of injury.
Permanent Disability Benefits: Are payments made to employees whose injury impacts their ability to return to their former task or participate in the job market. The amount paid out is according to a permanent disability rating, which differs depending on the injury sustained, the age of the employee, the worker’s profession, and doctor’s constraints.
Vocational Rehabilitation: If your treating physician or the physician who evaluates you finds that you are a Qualified Injured Worker, you may be entitled to Vocational Rehabilitation. Thus, if you are unable, to engage in your usual and customary employment at the position in which you worked at the time of injury you may be entitled to vocational retraining. The purpose of the retraining is to return the injured worker to new and more suitable gainful employment.
Death Benefits: Are payments to a spouse, children or other dependents if an employee dies from a work-related injury or illness. This includes reasonable burial expenses. If you are a surviving dependent of an employee that died due to a work-related injury, you are entitled to a death benefit. The primary death benefit is a lump sum, ranging from approximately $250,000 to $320,000.