Workers' compensation: Important things to know

Workplace safety is a frequent concern for both employers and employees. In recent years, many companies have taken measures to improve workplace safety in California. Even with a company's best efforts, accidents can still occur and may leave an employee needing workers' compensation benefits. There are steps a person can take to protect oneself, and in the event of an injury it's important to know what to do.

An employee should be aware of the safety measures in place and seek to abide by them at all times. Many jobs require the wearing of protective gear such as goggles, gloves or helmets. These items are for one's protection and should always be readily available.

If in spite of one's best efforts, if an injury occurs, it is important to know the proper steps to follow. The first thing to do is to inform one's employer of the injury and get medical help. One will be asked to fill out an incident report to document exactly what happened. If the injury requires one to miss work while recovering, workers' comp will pay a portion of the worker's salary during that time.

Being injured on the job in California is unfortunate, but in spite of best efforts on the part of the employer or employee accidents can still happen. No one can foresee all eventualities. In the event of an injury, the individual may be concerned for one's own welfare and the welfare of one's family during the recovery. An experienced workers' compensation attorney can work to allay these concerns by helping to ensure that the employee is aware of one's rights, those rights are protected and that all applicable workers' comp benefits are secured.

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