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Injured California workers may be eligible for compensation

When a California worker is injured while on the job, their employer is obligated to provide workers' compensation benefits regardless of if the injuries occurred over an extended period of time or because of a single event, such as falling off a ladder. It's important for California workers to be knowledgeable about the benefits they can potentially receive.

If an illness or injury happens while working, blood tests, medicine, doctor visits and other medical expenses might be paid for by the employer. If a worker suffers fatal injuries, their family members or loved ones may be eligible to receive death benefits.

Temporary and permanent disabilities suffered while on the job can result in financial compensation. In the event of a temporary disability, the disabled worker might receive recompense for both lost wages and medical expenses. If a worker suffers a permanent physical or mental disability, he or she might receive compensation, and in certain situations, it is possible that retraining or skill enhancement might be paid for by the employer.

When a California worker is injured, it is important for them to file a workers' compensation claim as soon as possible since benefits may not be provided if the injury is reported after getting laid off or fired. A personal injury lawyer might be able to help an injured worker receive the compensation they deserve, and if the potential amount to be awarded is not sufficient, he or she may be able to help the worker file a civil claim against the employer.

Source: dir.ca.gov, "The Basics of Workers’ Compensation", October 06, 2014

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