Most employers in California strive to ensure the safety of workers. However, regardless of the number of safety precautions in place, workplace accidents still occur. While many workers are entitled to workers' compensation, the path to compensation is complicated, filled with paperwork and deadlines with which a person unfamiliar with the process may struggle.
Once a worker has notified his or her employee about an injury, the employer has one working day to mail or give the worker a claims form. This form must be completed and returned to the employer. Because a delay could impact acceptance of a claim, it is important that this task is completed in a timely manner. Once received, the employer must complete the "employer" section and mail or give a copy of the completed form to the injured worker within one working day. The original is given to a claims administrator.