What Should You Know About Workers’ Compensation?
If you have a workplace injury, you may be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits under California law. Except in a few very limited circumstances, employers are obligated to maintain insurance solely for the purpose of covering employee injuries.
While commonly thought of in construction, manufacturing or other industrial occupation, workplace injuries can happen in any work environment. Whether you work in an office, in a hospital, manufacturing plant or some other type of workplace, you may qualify for benefits. Speaking with an attorney can help you determine whether your injury qualifies or whether you have enough to challenge a benefit denial.
What You Need To Know
There are two considerations in most workers’ compensation cases. The first consideration is determining whether an individual is legally covered. The second determination is whether the injury is, in fact, a work-related injury. A lawyer can help you evaluate the unique issue in your case.
Workers’ compensation laws cover undocumented workers, minors and sometimes those erroneously classified as independent contractors who are really employees. An employer classifying someone as an independent contractor doesn’t necessarily make it so. An evaluation of the employment relationship is required to evaluate whether a person is an independent contractor or actually just an employee.
Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system so the cause of the injury – whether by the employee, employer or some other cause – is not at issue in most cases. Pursuing a claim is not like most legal cases. There is a unique process to getting the benefits you deserve.
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