If you are an employee in California, you’ll almost certainly be protected by workers’ compensation insurance if you suffer a work-related injury or illness. Almost all employers are required by law to carry the insurance, and workers are entitled to coverage in California regardless of the immigration status.
Therefore, if you were injured while engaging in work-related activities, it’s likely that you’ll be able to claim compensation. However, to gain this compensation, you’ll have to cooperate with your employer. In some cases, employers can be deceptive and even lie to their employees about their workers’ compensation rights. This is why you should make sure to conduct your own research. The following is an overview of common ways in which employers deceive workers about their compensation rights.
They make you an independent offer
It’s wise to be skeptical of any employer who tries to pay you to bypass the workers’ compensation claims process. First, they are trying to deny you of your right to the compensation you deserve. Second, it’s likely that you will not be able to access the full range of benefits that workers’ compensation offers.
They tell you that you’re not eligible
Workers are entitled to compensation for any injury that they suffered when doing their work, regardless of fault. Many employers try to deceive their employees by convincing them that they would not be successful if they tried to make a claim.
If you have been injured at work in California, it is important that you understand your workers’ compensation rights in full. An experienced attorney can help you.