Injured Workers are Usually Entitled to
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
If you were injured on the job or your injuries arose out of your employment, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
- Medical care: Medical care benefits will reimburse you for treatments and medications for your workplace injury. Medical care benefits also provide reimbursement for travel to and from your medical appointments and any travel you are required to do to pick up prescription medications.
- Disability benefits: There are two categories of disability benefits: temporary and permanent.
- Temporary disability benefits are paid to employees who are temporarily unable to work or temporarily unable to perform certain aspects of their job and experience reduced wages. Temporary disability benefits are intended to replace the income you would have earned but for your injury. These benefits will end when you have fully recovered. If your physician determines you will not fully recover, you will be eligible for permanent disability benefits.
- If you are permanently partially or totally disabled due to a workplace injury, you are entitled to permanent disability benefits. These benefits provide payments for loss of future earnings. The amount of the payments you will receive is dependent on the permanent disability value and the dollar amount associated with that as proscribed by the State of California.
- In addition to medical care and disability benefits, if you are not able to return to your prior job, your employer will either provide a supplemental job displacement voucher or may offer you alternative work which meets certain criteria.
What are Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance purchased by employers to cover workplace injuries and illnesses. It is a state-mandated program under which payments are made to injured or ill employees. Each state has its own workers’ compensation program.
What are the most common workplace injuries and illnesses?
At Solimon | Rodgers, P.C., we focus solely on helping employees injured in the workplace. That means we’ve seen a fair number of workplace injuries and illnesses. The most common include:
What to Do After a Workplace Injury or Illness
- If you or a loved one has suffered from a workplace injury, you may be wondering what you need to do now. It’s important that you take steps to protect your rights and ensure your physical well-being.
- If you haven’t already, you need to report your injury to your employer and request a claim form – DWC-1. You need to report your injury to your employer. Employers and their workers’ compensation insurers may try to deny your claim if it was not reported timely. When you report the injury or illness to your employer, make sure to do so in writing and keep a copy for your records.
- If your Employer does not send you for medical care – you need to seek care on your own and make sure the facility you go to knows your injuries were a result of work. Your priority needs to be your health. Make sure your injury is evaluated by a doctor and follow any treatment plan the doctor provides.
- At this point, you want to reach out to a Rancho Cucamonga workers’ compensation attorney. It’s important that you hire an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer on your side to fight for your rights and the compensation you deserve. No matter how good your relationship is with your employer, your employer and the insurance company are not on your side. They are looking for ways to limit their liability and provide you with minimal treatment and benefits. Your attorney will help you gather the evidence needed to show that your injury was work-related, that your treatments are necessary and ensure you get the maximum compensation for the damage caused by your work injuries.