If you’re wondering what types of benefits you may receive under California Workers Compensation Law, then you’ve come to the right place. Below is a general California Workers Compensation Benefits Guide that concisely describes what you may be entitled to as an injured worker. Depending on your line of work, there may be other available benefits that aren’t listed on this guide. Consulting with an experienced California Workers Comp attorney will always yield the most information for purposes of surveying your options.
Workplace injuries often entail costly medical expenses to treat for injuries. Your employer will have to provide the medical care, and if applicable, reimburse medical expenses to aid in recovery for your workplace injury.
Temporary Disability Benefits
Temporary disability benefits are reimbursement of lost wages that result from being unable to perform your usual job. Workplace injuries often leave the injured worker unable to work and the employer will have to compensate those lost wages while the worker recovers from his/her injury.
Permanent Disability Benefits
Some workplace injuries can leave the employee with a permanent disability that impacts their ability to earn a living. In such a case, the injured employee will be entitled to permanent disability benefits.
Tragically, many workplace injuries are fatal. As such, the family of the deceased and other who are dependent on the deceased, may be death benefits. See our section on workers compensation death benefits for more information about who qualifies for these benefits.
Milage rates refers to transportation expenses associating with getting treatment for the workplace injury. This includes expenses for gas milage, bridge tolls and parking expenses incurred while travelling to get treatment.
Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits
As discussed above, some injuries leave an employee permanently unable to perform their usual job. Supplemental job displacement benefits are vouchers that the employee may use for educational training towards a new skill or trade.
This California Workers Compensation Benefits Guide was meant to provide a general overview of the type of benefits you may be able to receive under workers comp law. The amounts you may receive ultimately depends on a number of varying factors. For more in depth information on available benefits, contact San Diego employment attorney Steven Brian Davis for a free, confidential evaluation of your case at 1-858-451-1004.