All states in the country have workers’ compensation laws in place. These laws are designed to protect workers in the event that they become injured while working and need to take time off to recover or need to seek medical attention.
If you are injured at work, it is important that you pay particular attention to the laws in your state, this is because laws can vary significantly between states. If you are a California worker, you have some of the most generous workers’ compensation laws in the country. But it’s still important that you understand the rules in full so that you can benefit from them. The following is an overview of workers’ compensation laws in California.
The benefits available
If you are injured while engaging in work-related activities in California, you will have the right to full compensation for all necessary medical care, from doctor’s visits, hospital services and lab tests to medical equipment. You’ll also be able to recover some of the wages you lost, usually two-thirds of your pre-tax wage.
You must give written notice of your work-related injury to your employer within 30 days of the injury occurring. If you fail to do this, you may not be eligible for compensation.
Responsibilities of your employer
Your employer has the responsibility to provide workers’ compensation to all of their employees as long as they were injured when engaging in work-related activities.
If you have been injured in the California workplace, it is important that you take swift action to gain the compensation that you deserve.