All employers in California are required by law to carry Workers’ Compensation Insurance. In some states, this is subsidized by the government. If you are injured at work, you are not responsible for your medical costs. It is the responsibility of your employer.
If you are injured at work, file a case. You are responsible for submitting your claim in a timely manner. You must file within 30 days of the incident. Your claim may be denied if you submit it late.
You may be entitled to medical benefits, disability benefits, and death benefits. Medical benefit claims concern compensation for medical costs due to your injury. Disability benefits can be classified into two categories: temporary, and permanent. Both types of claims often involve lost wages. Death benefits claims involve funeral and burial costs. If the deceased worker had dependents, they may be eligible for compensation.
Providing all of the above benefits are the responsibility of the employer. You may call a local office of the state Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) for general inquiries.
If you have any further questions, contact an attorney. An attorney will be able to listen to your situation and give you legal advice.