If you have sustained an injury in the workplace, your employer should have reported your injury to their insurance company and completed the necessary paperwork to ensure you receive the workers’ compensation benefits to which you are entitled. If they have failed to do so and you have been on the hook for your medical expenses, they are in clear violation of California’s strict labor laws. RP Law Group can help you take the necessary legal steps for rectifying this unfortunate situation.
Understanding Fontana Workers’ Compensation Laws
All employers with at least one employee are required to acquire and maintain workers’ compensation insurance. This insurance is intended to cover the medical bills and wages of employees who have suffered workplace injuries. All employees — including part-time, seasonal, and independent contractors — are eligible for these benefits.
Common Fontana Workplace Injury Types
According to recent data released by the California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation, overexertion and bodily reaction injuries make up 37% of total workplace injuries. A close second are injuries that result from contact with an object or equipment at 26%. 21% of all California workplace injuries are caused by falls, slips, and trips. Exposure to harmful substances account for 6% of workplace injuries, followed by transportation incidents (5%), and violence by persons or animals (4%). Lastly, fires and explosions cause 0.04% of California workplace injuries.
Workers’ Compensation Laws Are On Your Side
California’s strict workers’ compensation laws require all employers to have workers’ compensation insurance for all their employees. So any injury you suffer at your work place should make you eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim.
The benefits you collect from a workers compensation claim can both cover your medical expenses and pay you supplementary income. The law compels employers to pay medical costs for any employees who suffer a workplace injury, even if they miss time from work.