Workers’ compensation benefits, which are typically provided by the employer’s insurance company, are designed to help injured employees recover from injuries sustained on the job. Under California’s workers’ compensation law, the benefits provided to injured workers include medical expenses, death benefits (to families that have lost loved ones), lost wages and cost of rehabilitation services. Any business with at least one paid employee is required to carry workers’ compensation insurance.
No one wants to be injured or even expects to suffer injuries in the workplace. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to educate employees on safe practices in addition to revamping their facilities to meet safety codes. However, accidents in the workplace do occur. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that more than a million injuries occur each year in the workplace. Each employee takes more than a week on average to recover from his or her injuries.
Here are some of the most common workplace injuries that result in workers’ compensation claims:
Workers’ compensation benefits usually include medical benefits such as hospitalization and other procedures that are necessary to identify and treat your injury or illness. In general, workers’ compensation benefits cover all medical expenses including but not limited to doctor visits, medication, surgeries and medical equipment. In some case, workers’ compensation may also cover other necessary services for your recovery such as massage therapy, acupuncture, counseling and pain therapy. You may need to initially go to a doctor specified by the insurance company.
As part of your recovery process, you may also be able to access rehabilitation benefits that pay for medical and therapeutic care such as physical therapy. They also cover the care and training necessary for you to regain the skills and abilities you need to return to work. If your injuries are so severe that you cannot return to your former job, rehabilitation benefits might pay for evaluation, retraining, tuition and other expenses associated with helping you become qualified to work at a different job. If you have become disabled as a result of the accident, you may also be able to seek benefits for temporary or total disability, depending on the nature and severity of your injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, it would be in your best interest to contact an experienced Los Angeles workers’ compensation lawyer who will remain with you throughout the process and help you secure the benefits and compensation you need during this difficult time. Call the ODG Law Group to find out how we can help you.
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