Knowing Your Rights

Being injured at work can be a frightening experience. You may hesitate to report the incident to your boss, afraid that you will lose your job. That would be a mistake.

It's important to know that you have rights when you are injured at work. Your employer can not legally fire you for reporting an injury or a hazardous condition at work.

Knowing Your Rights Under Workers' Compensation Law

The most important thing to know about a workplace injury is that you may be entitled to benefits through California's workers' compensation law. Under state law, employers must carry insurance to pay for workers' compensation benefits after their employees are injured on the job. These benefits pay for medical costs and a portion of your lost wages while you recover from your injuries.

The law applies to most kinds of employers and most kinds of employees. California law extends workers' compensation coverage even to undocumented workers.

Workers' Compensation Is A No-Fault System

It's also important to note that the workers' compensation system doesn't require injured workers to show that their employer did anything wrong before they can receive their benefits. Generally, employees are still entitled to benefits even if they made a mistake that contributed to the accident.

To receive the benefits, injured workers must report the injury as soon as possible. They will have to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits and, typically, see a doctor who has been approved by the employer.

When You Need A Workers' Compensation Lawyer

When all goes according to plan, the insurer pays the benefits, the employee recovers and returns to work as soon as he or she is capable. Unfortunately, employers and insurers can be reluctant to provide all the benefits that injured workers deserve. When your claim has been denied or you have not received the appropriate amount in benefits, you can benefit from talking to an attorney.

At the law firm of Godwin and Rubin, we represent injured workers and their families in a variety of matters related to workers' compensation. Call our office today at 747-998-0192 to discuss your case. You can also contact us by email. We represent clients from Van Nuys, Palmdale, Riverside and throughout Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties in California.

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