An unfortunate fact is that workers are injured, become ill or killed every year while on the job in California. Although California has a relatively low rate of workplace fatalities, there is still much that can be done to improve workplace safety. Preventable injury is the purview of the employer, along with state and federal regulators. As for workers, those who have been injured or become ill on the job can file a claim for workers' compensation to receive financial or medical assistance.
The last week of April, leading up to International Workers' Day, is known as Workers' Memorial Week. Worker's Memorial Week is an annual remembrance of individuals who were killed, hurt or suffered an illness while working at their jobs. Many such workers were injured while on the job in one of the industries that have infamous reputations for dangerous conditions. Nationwide, these types of work give rise to disproportionately large numbers of workers' compensation claims and job-related injuries.
As this blog has mentioned in the past, California's workers' compensation system is a broad "no fault" system, meaning that an employee who gets hurt on the job does not have to prove his or her employer was responsible for the injury or illness. Indeed, the employee may share some of the blame for the workplace injury and still have full access to workers' compensation benefits.
It is a sad fact that some Stockton, California residents will never recover fully from their workplace injuries. When this happens, workers are entitled to receive an additional workers' compensation benefit in order to compensate them for their ongoing inability to do the work they used to before their injury.
After a workplace injury, an injured Stockton, California, employee may need help with medical bills and may also need some income to supplement his or her time off of work. This is what California's no fault workers' compensation is for, and it is designed to get benefits to injured employees quickly and, hopefully, with minimal hassle.
When you are injured on the job, you anticipate that you will receive assistance to help with medical expenses, lost wages and other financial issues. However, it is safe to say that the changes in the California workers' compensation system tend to favor employers more than employees. Receiving benefits could be a long and frustrating process if you attempt to go it alone. Below are some of the issues that you could be confronted with as you attempt to navigate the process.
A 56-year-old man lost his life in a tragic car accident last week. A Caltrans worker was also seriously hurt in the collision. The crash happened while a Caltrans road crew was performing maintenance on Highway 198 in Tulare County at approximately 9:30 a.m.
You were injured while engaging in a job-related task at the workplace and, as a result, there is absolutely no way you can resume your work-related duties without undergoing some time off and physical therapy. Moreover, you have workers' compensation benefits, so there's no question that your family will be adequately provided for while you recover from your on-the-job injury, right?
It happens in California workplaces, all the time. A worker conscientiously going about his or her on-the-job duties suffers an unanticipated accident, illness or injury that requires medical treatment and a prolonged absence from work.