Your Rights As a Worker in California
You are entitled to very specific rights protecting your health and financial well-being after obtaining an injury at work. Because not every employer and insurance company is willing to fully acknowledge injured worker benefits, it is in everyone’s best interests to understand their employee rights.
One of the most important thing to know about your rights is that they are accompanied by obligations. If you sustain an injury at work, you must tell your employer about it immediately. If the injury is sustained over a period of time, tell your employer about it as soon as you know or believe the injury is work-related.
Time is Everything After A Job Accident
If you do not report the injury to your employer within 30 days, and this delay prevents your employer from investigating the injury, you could lose any access to workers’ compensation benefits. At the San Diego Law Office of Leslie S. Shaw, we understand that the workers’ compensation system is complicated. We are dedicated to helping you understand the process and get your due benefits and rights.
Call 619-894-8543 to talk to an experienced workers’ comp lawyer about your injury and your employee rights. The initial consultation is free. Se habla español.
You Have a Right to Medical Treatment
Under the law, an injured employee must be treated in a medical provider network. You must be authorized to receive medical treatment within one day of filing a claim, even if that claim is being investigated by your employer or insurance company.
You can receive up to $10,000 in medical treatments after filing your claim.
If you are found to have a temporary disability, you have the right to receive up to two-thirds of your wages while disabled. If you have been permanently disabled by a work injury, you are entitled to permanent disability benefits (even if you are eventually able to return to work).
Your employer is prohibited from retaliating against you for filing a proper claim of injury on the job.