A Summary of California Workers’ Compensation Insurance for Employees Injured on the Job

An employee who suffers a work-related illness or injury is covered by workers’ compensation insurance. Almost all California employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Workers’ compensation insurance protects both employees and employers in case of work-related injuries or illnesses.

The California Workers’ Compensation System

Workers’ compensation was established in 1911 in order to provide benefits to injured workers. Workers who are injured or become ill due to their work may receive medical care, wage replacement, and other benefits. Benefits are also available to the families of employees who are killed on the job.

California’s workers’ compensation system protects injured workers by providing the medical treatment they need to recover from their injuries and return to work. Injured workers can also receive wage replacement benefits while recovering from their injuries.

Employer Responsibilities

In California, employers must provide workers’ compensation insurance to their employees. Coverage must be purchased from a licensed insurance company or provided by self-insurance. If an employer fails to provide workers’ compensation insurance, they can be fined and penalized.
Employers are also responsible for reporting work-related injuries and illnesses to their workers’ compensation insurance carrier and the California Division of Workers’ Compensation. The purpose of reporting is to ensure injured workers receive the medical care they need and to prevent future workplace accidents.

Employee Benefits

In California, injured employees are entitled to medical treatment for work-related injuries or illnesses. Treatment is covered by the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. If injured employees cannot work while recovering from their injuries, they may qualify for wage replacement benefits.

Wage replacement benefits are generally paid at a rate of two-thirds of the employee’s average weekly wage, up to a maximum weekly amount set by law. These benefits are typically paid until the injured employee is able to return to work or until they reach maximum medical improvement.

If injured employees are unable to return to work after an accident, they may qualify for vocational rehabilitation services. These services can include job training, education, and job placement assistance.

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The purpose of California workers’ compensation insurance is to provide medical care, wage replacement, and other benefits to employees who are injured or become ill as a result of their work. Employees and employers benefit from this system since it ensures injured workers receive the care they need to recover and return to work, while employers are protected from lawsuits resulting from workplace injuries.


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Workers Compensation lawyer Roger Haag
About The Author

Roger Haag is an attorney who specializes in consumer, labor, and employment law, primarily representing employees. Mr. Haag has extensive experience in various legal proceedings, including arbitration hearings, administrative hearings, bench and jury trials, and has even presented arguments before the California Courts of Appeal. Additionally, Mr. Haag served in the United States Navy and also has professional experience with the Department of the Navy’s Civilian Acquisition Workforce and Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel in Washington D.C.


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