After suffering a workplace accident, it would be only natural for an injured worker in California to experience anxiety over his or her inability to provide for a family while absent from work. However, after a major accident, it may be a while before the worker can proceed with a claim for workers' compensation benefits, prolonging the financial stress about lost wages. Fortunately, there are professional people to assist workers with the intricacies of the claiming process.
First, it must be determined whether the worker is covered by federal workers' compensation -- including industries such as rail transportation -- or by state laws. Your legal advisor will also explain the regulations related to the compensation you may receive. Regardless of whose fault the accident was, workers may claim benefits without having to prove negligence of any party. Even if the worker was partly to blame for the accident, he or she may still claim benefits. State regulations prescribe fixed amounts to be paid according to a predetermined scale, but the severity and nature of the injuries will be considered when the amount of compensation is determined.
Your attorney will prepare and file the claim on your behalf to ensure that you receive all the benefits to which you are entitled. Depending on your injury, the benefits typically include compensation for all medical treatment you received, and in cases where the injury caused disability, you may also receive disability payments. After catastrophic injuries that may have caused permanent disability, the insurance fund may award a settlement. However, workers who can return to work but are no longer able to do their previous job may be given vocational training to prepare them for a different type of work.
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Source: FindLaw, "Get Legal Help with a Workers' Compensation Issue", , Sept. 7, 2014