Under worker’s compensation in California, injured workers may be entitled to several benefits. The specific benefits you are eligible for will depend on the nature and severity of your injury or illness. Here are some common benefits available:
- Medical treatment: You have the right to receive medical treatment necessary to treat your work-related injury or illness. This includes doctor visits, hospital care, surgeries, medications, physical therapy, and other medically necessary treatments.
- Temporary disability benefits: If your injury or illness prevents you from working or limits your ability to earn wages while you recover, you may be entitled to temporary disability benefits. These benefits provide a portion of your lost wages during your recovery period.
- Permanent disability benefits: If your injury or illness results in permanent impairment or disability, you may be eligible for permanent disability benefits. The amount of benefits depends on the extent of your disability and its impact on your ability to work.
- Supplemental job displacement benefits: If you have a permanent partial disability and your employer does not offer suitable modified or alternative work, you may be eligible for supplemental job displacement benefits. These benefits can be used for vocational retraining, skill enhancement, or education to improve your job prospects.
- Death benefits: In the unfortunate event of a work-related death, dependents or surviving family members may be entitled to death benefits. These benefits typically include funeral and burial expenses, as well as ongoing financial support to eligible dependents.
It’s important to note that the specific details and calculation of benefits can be complex. The amount of benefits you receive may depend on factors such as your average weekly wage, the extent of your disability, and other factors. It is advisable to consult with a worker’s compensation attorney who can help determine the benefits you are entitled to based on your unique circumstances and advocate for your rights throughout the process.