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Things California employers might not tell you about workers’ comp

Your Coachella Valley employer undoubtedly keeps you informed about the tasks you need to accomplish and the responsibilities you have in your work. They might not be as clear about your rights and legal protections under California’s workers’ compensation system, however.

For instance, did you know that if you get injured on the job, your employer must pay for medical care of the injury, even if you don’t miss time from your job?

The state of California’s Guidebook for Injured Workers is filled with useful information that employees have at their disposal, especially important in the event of a workplace accident or injury sustained by job-related repetitive motion.

There are seasonal employees and part-time workers who sometimes assume that they are not eligible for workers’ comp benefits after an on-the-job injury, but in some cases they are eligible for the benefits that include wage replacement and medical care. The same can be true for independent contractors.

All workers should be aware of one of the most important facts about workers’ compensation: no matter who is at fault for your workplace injury, you are entitled to receive benefits.

Likewise, it’s important for everyone to understand that state law protects you in the event of a work-related injury or illness. Your employer cannot retaliate against you or fire you because you were injured on the job or because you received workers’ comp or applied for the benefits.

In some cases, employers or their insurers will try to deny benefits to deserving, injured employees. When the stakes are so high, many people will turn to an experienced workers’ comp attorney to guide them through the crucial appeals process. 

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