California Workers’ Compensation

Flag of CaliforniaIt is important for all employed persons and every California injured worker to understand California Workers’ Compensation information. If you, or someone you know, have suffered a work-related injury or industrial accident in California, please give us a call. There is no cost for a consultation and no obligation to hire us. We will summarize your California Workers’ Compensation rights and benefits. California workers compensation adjusters work for the insurance companies, not you, and may not explain all of the rights and benefits that you may be entitled to.  The Law Offices of Louis J. Vigorita will ensure that you understand your legal rights.

The California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board adjudicates cases in a state-mandated insurance program that pays medical bills and may replace lost wages for California employees who are injured and/or disabled from work, or who have work-related injuries, occupational diseases or suffered industrial accidents or related-illnesses.

California workers’ compensation insurance will pay for the medical treatment of an injury or illness if the injury occurred on the job, or in the course and scope of work, even if not at work, or if the disease or illness is job-related.

California workers’ compensation insurance will replace some of the worker’s lost wages if the injury or illness caused the worker to lose some or all income after three days of temporary disability from a California work injury.

If you have questions about temporary disability benefits, you might like to read this helpful worker’s compensation fact sheet.

An injured worker in California is entitled to all reasonable medical care and treatment needed to cure or relieve a specific work-related injury or continuous trauma or repetitive stress or repetitive strain injury. Medical care covered by California workers’ compensation insurance claims include: medical, surgical and hospital services, dental services, crutches and orthopedic devices, physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, nursing care, prescribed medications, and hearing aids, etc.

You may be entitled to a settlement for a partial permanent disability award if you have permanent work restrictions imposed because of your work injury or job related injuries. The value of your claim depends, in large part, on the extent of permanent disability. Our law offices will be able to answer the difficult injury and disability settlement questions for you, and counsel you on:

  • a stipulation and award;
  • a compromise and release;
  • lifetime medical care options;
  • California benefits for temporary disability, permanent disability, partial permanent disability, and 100 percent disability;
  • California vocational rehabilitation;
  • California job re-training

If you were financially dependent on a deceased California injured worker, you may be entitled to death benefits from California workers’ compensation insurance.

California workers’ compensation laws can be very complex and confusing. The Law Offices of Louis J. Vigorita is very experienced and skilled in handling California workers’ compensation. Call us at (805)656-8111 for an appointment.