In California, the Workers’ Compensation system provides benefits to employees who are injured or become ill as a result of their job. Benefits can include medical care, income replacement, and death benefits. Workers’ Compensation is typically paid for by employers through insurance premiums. In order to receive benefits, employees must first file a claim with their employer.
A work-related injury benefit package includes 100% coverage for reasonable medical treatment to cure and/or relieve its complications, a supplemental job voucher for career retraining, temporary or permanent disability benefits for lost wages or when the employee is permanently disabled, and death benefits for families of a deceased employee.
If the employer denies the claim, the employee can appeal to the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. Employees have a limited time to file a claim, so it is important to act quickly if you believe you are eligible for benefits.