How Do I Know If I'm Eligible for Worker's Compensation?
If you suffer an injury on the job or become ill as a result of your work duties, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits in California. Workers’ comp is an insurance program that is required by state law, which provides payment to employees who are injured or fall ill at the workplace.
Eligible workers receive compensation for lost work and medical expenses, no matter who was at fault. In exchange, workers forfeit the right to sue their employers for the injury or illness.
The following are three basic eligibility requirements for workers’ compensation benefits:
- The person or company you work for must carry workers’ compensation insurance or be legally required to do so. According to California Labor Code Section 3700, all state employers must provide workers’ compensation benefits to their employees.
- You must be an employee of that company or person. Independent contractors, such as freelance writers or computer consultants, are not employees and are not entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
- Your injury or illness must be work-related. In general, if you were doing something for the benefit of your employer and suffered an injury or fall ill as a result, then it is considered work-related.
When you are already dealing with the aftermath of a workplace accident, you shouldn’t have the added stress of a complicated legal process. Let our Orange County workers’ comp lawyers at Alvandi Law Group, P.C. protect your rights in the legal arena while you focus on your recovery.
No matter how complex your case is, we are ready to help you assert your rights. We can provide unwavering legal support for every stage of the process, even if your claim has been denied.
Contact us and schedule a free consultation today.