The Good (and Bad) of California’s Workers Compensation Laws


The California compensation law is a system that is linked to employment. It caters to all the injuries that may transpire when employees are in their line of duty. It covers diseases, injuries, and various disabling conditions. The employer is supposed to pay for worker’s compensation insurance to cover all employees.

For an employee, you don’t require the services of an attorney to represent you when making a claim. However, for the employer and the Insurance firm, they will need an attorney and a claims adjuster to represent them. In case of disputes, you should also be represented well, or you will be disadvantaged.

What are the various benefits of California Workers’ Compensation Laws?

Under the compensation plan of California, you are entitled to various benefits. They fall under the following categories:

Medical benefits

This includes all hospital and medical benefits that are reasonably necessary to relieve or cure you of the effects of an injury or disease. The compensation cover also entails the reimbursement for traveling visiting the doctor’s office and back. The rate for this is about 50 cents per mile. However, the rates vary each year.

If the insurance company or the employer hasn’t set up a medical provider network, your employer can send you to any hospital of their choice. This will only be for the first 30 days of your treatment. But, under particular conditions, you have the right to change doctors. If the insurance firm or employer has a set Medical provider network, you’ll be required to receive all the care from that network.

Temporary disability

If your condition or injury demands you miss work for three days or less due to hospitalization, you have the right to receive temporary disability benefits. A temporary disability cover is given at the rate of two-thirds of your weekly earnings.

Permanent disability

If your condition or injury is a permanent impairment, you are eligible for a permanent disability reimbursement. A sophisticated formula determines the amount given. It minimizes the disability as described by the physician to a certain percentage. The percentage is then lowered or raised depending on your occupation and age. Each percentage is payable to a certain dollar amount.

Death benefits

Specific individuals that are dependent on partial or whole support on a deceased worker might be entitled to death benefits if the cause of death was work-related. Death doesn’t need to transpire at work. What is critical is that the condition which caused the death was job-related.

Compensable consequences

If your preliminary work-related injury causes other tribulations, you are entitled to compensable consequences benefits. Examples include:

• A Fractured wrist which is caused by a fall triggered by your industrially upset knee giving away.

• Injuries that are incurred in a car accident when visiting the doctor for a checkup of your work-related injury.

• Injuries that are inflicted by the medical malpractice of a professional treating an injury related to work.

• Back injuries caused by limping due to an industrial ankle or knee injury.

Return to work fund

You are eligible for this special fund set up by the state of California to offer extra assistance if you are injured, and you can’t return to your work. This benefit can be applied online. You can also visit the District office and collect the documents which you can utilize to apply. There are vocational rehabilitation counselors in the District offices that can assist you with the process.

Disadvantages of the California Workers Compensation law

There are numerous forms and procedures that you must adhere to, elevating the capacity of administrative duties that are required by your organization to be compliant.

All the claims extended to the administration require the same amount of effort and time to process correctly. If the claims presented are rejected, you will have wasted time on them.

The worker’s compensation is a sophisticated and specialized field of law that confuses many employees.It requires professional assistance to break down the entire cover.