If you have been injured at work, you are entitled to protections under both state and federal employee protection laws. Workers’ compensation attorney Joseph Kritzer knows that employers and insurance companies are not always forthcoming when it comes to workers’ comp benefits and employees who have been injured on the job. An experienced legal advocate can help protect your rights and secure the compensation that you deserve.
In addition to compensation, injured employees are also entitled to certain employment protections. As described in more detail below, employers are required to make reasonable accommodations for injured employees. They are also prohibited from firing injured employees for exercising their legal right to make a workers’ compensation claim.
California Workers’ Compensation Insurance
Not all states require employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance policies to protect their employees, but fortunately, California does have strict insurance requirements. With a few exceptions, employers in California are required to provide workers’ compensation insurance policies for their employees. Unless your employer fails to provide insurance coverage as required by law, recovering compensation under a workers’ compensation claim may be your exclusive remedy when you have been injured at work.
Knowing Your California Workers’ Comp Rights
California’s strict workers’ compensation laws are favorable to injured employees. If you have been injured at work, it is important to understand your workers’ compensation rights. With few exceptions, such as being under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the injury, the fault does not matter when it comes to work-related accidents. Injured employees only need to show that they sustained work-related injuries when making their claims.
Furthermore, your employer may not punish you or take any adverse action against your employment because you made a workers’ compensation claim. Adverse action includes anything that harms your job, such as termination, demotion, or a reduction in hours and wages. If your employer does retaliate against you for making a claim, you may be entitled to additional remedies as well.
Workers’ Compensation And Job Duties
Under California law, employers are required to make reasonable work accommodations for injured employees. Examples of reasonable accommodations include modifying workspace for wheelchair accessibility or providing a standing desk for employees whose injuries prevent them from being able to sit for a long stretch of time. When injuries are severe enough to prevent employees from returning to work, they may be entitled to additional compensation for permanent disability and job displacement benefits.
Work-Related Injuries And Recovery
At the Law Office of Joseph Kritzer, we have been protecting injured employees’ rights for more than two decades. We know that injured employees often recover more compensation when they have legal representation. The workers’ compensation claims process is complicated, and so is the law.
Insurance companies typically work against your interests, because their goal is to keep the value of your claim low. This is why injured employees are often more successful in their recoveries when they have an experienced attorney working to maximize their compensation and protect their rights.