In California, if an employee is injured on the job, employers are required by law to provide certain types of workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation benefits can provide employees with temporary disability benefits, medical treatment, and permanent disability benefits.
These benefits are divided into the following categories:
- Medical and hospital benefits:
According to section 4600 of the California Labor Code, employers must fund medical care for workers if they are injured on the job. This benefit includes medical, surgical, chiropractic, and hospital treatment expenses such as nursing expenses, medications, medical supplies, orthopedic devices, and prosthetics.
- Temporary disability and lost wages:
This benefit applies to injuries that cause temporary total disability (TTD) and temporary partial disability (TPD). These benefits vary depending on the employee’s condition, but both are intended to financially compensate the employee for the time he was unable to work due to the injury.
- Permanent disability:
If an injured worker cannot fully recover or the injury causes a permanent loss of physical or mental faculties, the worker may be eligible for permanent disability benefits. This condition must be determined by the treating physician, who will identify when the employee reaches his/her state of maximum improvement.
- Work reintegration benefits:
It includes the medical and therapeutic care (physical therapy) necessary for the employee to recover. If your injury or illness prevents you from returning to your previous job, many states allow vocational rehabilitation or similar benefits.
- Death benefits:
If a worker dies from a work-related injury or illness, California law states that the deceased worker’s family can collect “death benefits.” These benefits are financial support that is paid in installments.
To acquire these benefits, we recommend that you seek the legal representation of an attorney with experience in the area of workers’ compensation. At Blanco y Arias, we can gladly guide you through the workers’ compensation claim process to receive the benefits you deserve.