Types of California Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Companies and other employers in California are generally required to make workers’ compensation benefits available to injured people or those who contract an illness on the job. These types of California workers’ compensation benefits include covering related medical costs and filling the gap for missed paychecks for employees who cannot work.
At Carrasco Law Group, we help injured workers, and their families across California get the full benefits available. Firm founder E. Christina Carrasco is a seasoned workers’ compensation attorney who has successfully assisted workers from a wide range of industries.
California Medical Care
Workers who are injured on the job have the right to medical treatment through the workers’ compensation system. However, there are several requirements that workers seeking these benefits must meet, which is one reason why it is essential to consult an experienced workers’ compensation attorney.
Employers must pick up the tab for medical treatment that is “reasonably required” to address the injury or illness. The injured worker usually must seek treatment from a doctor within the employer’s medical provider network. The doctor will determine the course of treatment needed under the circumstances.
Workers’ compensation benefits also cover the cost of traveling to and from medical treatment through a mileage reimbursement and parking fees incurred while visiting a doctor.
Temporary Disability Benefits in California
Temporary disability benefits are available for people who cannot work because of an injury or illness sustained on the job.
These benefits cover two-thirds of the worker’s regular pay. In most situations, they are available for up to 104 weeks and within five years of the date of the injury.
One of the biggest questions is whether the injured person can go back to work, either in the same position or in some sort of modified role. A doctor from the medical provider network will generally make this call after treating the injured worker.
Permanent Disability Benefits in California
Permanent disability benefits are available for people who cannot fully return to their jobs ever or following the temporary disability period because of a work-related injury or illness.
The amount of the benefits and duration of payments depends on the degree of the disability. Once an injured worker’s condition has plateaued (it is no longer improving or getting worse), the primary treating physician or a qualified medical examiner will determine the percentage of the person’s disability. A person who is 100% disabled, for example, is expected never to be able to return to work of any type, while a person who is 0% disabled can go back to the job right away.
Supplemental Job Displacement Voucher
Additional job training benefits are available for workers who cannot return to their jobs after an injury or illness has stabilized. These workers can apply for a $6,000 voucher that can be used for retraining services.
Speak With An Attorney About the Types Of California Workers’ Compensation Benefits Available
We are pleased to offer free consultations to discuss your case with workers’ compensation attorney E. Christina Carrasco. Christina can help you understand the types of California workers’ compensation benefits that may be available and explore your options for obtaining them.
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