Workers Compensation FAQs
Welcome to our California Workers Compensation law and Workmans Compensation
information web site. The goals of our site are to inform you about your legal
rights if you have suffered a work injury and to make our Workers Compensation
lawyers available to assist you. A Workers Compensation lawyer or Workmans
Compensation attorney will answer your questions personally when you call!
California Workers Compensation (sometimes called workers comp, workmans comp or
workmans compensation) information is important to all employed persons and
every injured worker. (En espanol, los defensores de victimas de accidentes
Common injuries include those which occur on construction sites or industrial
area. If you, or someone you know, has had a work-related injury or industrial
accident, and feel that it should be covered by Workers Comp, we hope that you
will find this site helpful in providing information that you may need to manage
the situation and the consequences of the injury. Our experienced California
Workers Compensation disability attorneys are ready to serve you, should you
find that legal assistance is needed relative to your Workmans Comp claim.
We recommend that you bookmark this site. As Workers Compensation attorneys
should, we work to reflect the latest work related accident and work injury
information. We also maintain links to California and Federal official sites for
Workers Compensation injuries such as industrial injury, construction accident
and occupational injury resulting in back injury, back strain, carpal tunnel
syndrome, back sprain, head injury, neck injury, continuous trauma and / or
repetitive stress injury. These may all be covered by Disability Laws and are
considered in determining disability and medical benefits.
We have developed the following as general information that may help in better
understanding Workers Compensation laws and the benefits to which you may be
Generally speaking, Workers Compensation is a state-regulated insurance program
that pays medical bills and may replace lost wages for California employees who
are injured and / or disabled at work or who have work-related injuries,
diseases or illnesses.
Workers Compensation will pay for the medical treatment of an injury or illness
- the injury occurred at work or the disease or illness is job-related; and
- the workers employer has Workers Compensation insurance, which usually is
California Workers Compensation insurance will also replace some of the workers
lost wages if:
- the injury or illness caused the worker to lose some or all income for more
than three days.
Ask a California Workers Compensation attorney about the specifics of your
California Workmans Compensation case. California also has state disability
benefits to which you may be entitled. These too are handled by disability
insurance contributed to by your employer.
An injured California worker is usually entitled to all reasonable medical care
expenses that result from a work-related injury. Covered medical care by
California Workers Compensation insurance claims generally include: medical,
surgical and hospital services, dental services, crutches, hearing aids,
chiropractic treatment, physical therapy, nursing care, and prescribed
medications. Covered expenses typically continue as long as treatment is
reasonable and necessary to treat the injury. Be sure to check with your
attorney to determine if your employer has the right to choose his or her own
medical provider for your care. Workers Compensation injury claims and Workers
Compensation injury benefits are provided for in federal law as well as
California injury law and California workers comp laws.
Workmans Compensation claims may cover a variety of injuries ranging from
temporary to a permanent and total or partial disability.
You may be entitled to payment for a partial impairment. Partial impairment is
known as a partial incapacity that prevents an employee from competing in the
work place as before. Medical evidence will determine the extent of your
temporary as well as permanent disability. The value of your claim depends, in
large part, on the extent of a permanent disability. Your Picozzi, Nielsen, & Lloyd'
disability attorney will be able to answer the hard injury settlement questions
for you, and counsel you on:
- stipulation and award;
- compromise and release;
- the difference between temporary disability, permanent disability, partial
permanent disability, and 100% disability.
- vocational rehabilitation (voc rehab)
You should also be aware that if you were dependent on your spouse for economic
support, you may be entitled to death benefits from California Workmens
Compensation. Death benefits may be available for the employee’s children if
they were economically dependent on your spouse at the time of death. The amount
awarded will depend on your particular case.
California Workers Compensation laws can be very complex and confusing.
Disability benefits, medical benefits, injury settlement and death benefits are
determined by many different laws, both federal and specific to California.
Understanding the system and the Workers Compensation Appeals Process will help
to calm your fears and approach the medical and legal process more confidently.
Your Workers Compensation lawyer at Picozzi, Nielsen, & Lloyd is experienced in
Workers Compensation benefit problems and is available to assist you. Our firm's
unique, fully integrated approach to our clients' work related injury problems
allows us to offer assistance with numerous related services.
Call today for your free consultation with your California injury disability
--'Making a false or
fraudulent workers' compensation claim is a felony subject to up to five years
in prison or a fine of up to $50,000 or double the value of the fraud, whichever
is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.' [Lab.C. § 5432(a)]
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