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Expenses covered by workers’ compensation in California

Injuries of all natures can result in a successful workers’ compensation claim if they took place at work. Minor injuries such as neck pain from sitting at a desk as well as severe injuries such as those acquired from a construction site fall can be claimed. While most people know about the existence of workers’ compensation benefits in California, many do not know exactly what it covers.

It’s important that you first verify that you are eligible for workers’ compensation and that you report the injury to your employer within 30 days of the occurrence of the injury. When you have done this, you can start to educate yourself on the types of expenses you will be able to gain compensation for. The following are the most common types of coverage you will be able to claim for.

Medical expenses

Almost all workers who file for workers’ compensation have needed to pay medical bills as the result of becoming injured. All medical expenses that are directly related to your workplace injury and that are deemed to be necessary and appropriate will be fully compensated through workers’ compensation insurance.

Lost wages

You will likely have suffered lost wages if you had to take leave to recover from your injuries. Typically, two-thirds of the wages you lost will be compensated.

Retraining costs

If you are unable to continue in the role that you held before you were injured, you will be able to engage in a retraining program so that you can gain a different job. This will be covered by workers’ compensation.

If you have recently been injured in a California workplace, make sure to take action to gain the compensation you deserve.

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