What benefits are you entitled to?
- California workers’ compensation benefits generally fall into four different categories. The benefits that you will be entitled to will depend on the severity of your injury or illness and the impact it has on your ability to work, either in the short-term or long-term.
- Medical care benefits cover treatments and medications for your injury. You will be treated by a physician in what is called the Medical Provider Network, and your treatments will be dictated by medical treatment guidelines that detail different types of treatments for common workplace injuries as well as the frequency and duration of these treatments.
- If you are temporarily unable to work or if you are unable to perform certain aspects of your job and experience reduced wages, you are entitled to temporary disability benefits. Temporary disability benefits are intended to replace the income you would have earned but for your injury. These benefits are by nature temporary and will only continue until you are able to return to work or your treating doctor determines you have a permanent disability.
- If your treating doctor determines that you are permanently partially or totally disabled from a workplace injury, you are entitled to payments for loss of future earnings, also called permanent disability benefits. The amount of the payments you will receive is dependent upon the impairment percentage provided by your treating doctor. That percentage will be converted into a permanent disability value and then a dollar value using guidelines provided by the State of California. An experienced attorney can help make sure that you receive an appropriate impairment percentage and can assist you in advocating for a second opinion and higher compensation.
- If you are unable to return to your previous job, you may be eligible for a supplemental job displacement voucher valued at $6,000. You can use this voucher for expenses such as licensing and exam fees, tools for training programs, computer equipment, or placement/ resume services to assist you in finding new employment. As an alternative to the voucher, your employer may choose to offer you a different position that meets the following criteria:
- At least 85% of the salary of your prior job
- Is a reasonable commuting distance from your home
- Lasts for at least 12 months
What Do You Do After a Workplace Injury?
This is a very common question that employees ask after being injured on the job. The expenses from an injury can be financially debilitating, especially when you are unable to work and are losing wages. With that in mind, it’s important that you follow all the steps necessary to make sure you will be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
What are Common Workplace Injuries and Illnesses? And What Causes Them?
Below are common causes of workplace injuries and illnesses and the resulting injuries.