The top priority for Californians who have been injured on the job may be to ease their pain. Ultimately, though, these individuals probably want to reclaim their health, get back to work and regain their normal pre-accident life. Although most injured workers are able to achieve this, it doesn't come without cost. Medical expenses can be exorbitant, and one's inability to work can result in damaging lost wages. Fortunately, workers' compensation may be available to these individuals to help ease the financial strain during their recovery.
When people in California go to work each day, they are usually just focused on what they need to do at their jobs. They don't usually think about whether they will be injured or not while they are working. Despite this, many people are injured on the job in all types of employment. These injuries can be very devastating for workers and their families if they rely on that income to meet their needs.
The U.S. Department of Labor released a report earlier this month on the workers' compensation system. Their recommendation is for further exploration into enacting federal oversight and federal minimum benefits for workers' compensation. Since workers' compensation is currently regulated at the state level, this could change circumstances significantly for some injured workers.
Two newly-signed laws will help to improve California workers' compensation, and build upon reform efforts that began in 2012. These new laws, signed by Governor Jerry Brown on October 2, concentrate on cracking down on fraud by health care professionals and reducing the delays applicants experience in obtaining medical evaluations.
By law, those who are eligible for workers' compensation benefits should receive them. A recent investigation by the NBC Bay Area news, however, reveals that this may not always be the case in California. Instead, many injured workers face denials of their claims for their treatment claims and very few denials overturned during the appeals process.
In our last post, we discussed what steps take after a workplace accident, from reporting it to your employer to filing your workers' compensation claim form. But what happens if your claim is denied? What steps can you take to obtain the medical coverage and wage benefits you deserve?
You've been injured at work or become ill because of your workplace environment. Now what?
At first glance, it may seem obvious what workers’ compensation does: it compensates people financially for a work-related injury or illness. But what, exactly, gets compensated? Are all damages covered, or just certain types?