have suffered a serious injury while with the scope of your
connect with an experienced injury
lawyer who will
explain to you your rights
as the injured victim. Contact California Christian attorney Matthew B. Tozer
at (949) 863-9445.
Further General Information:
Workers’ compensation claims cover nearly all workplace injuries, even when occurring at a work-sponsored event or while on a break.
Examples of workplace accidents include: (1) Accidents on the job or unsafe working conditions causing physical injuries; (2) Cumulative trauma / repetitive stress injuries from job functions; (3) Preexisting injuries or health conditions aggravated (made worse) by the job; (4) Long term or frequent exposure to toxic substances at work causing disease; (5) work-related anxiety or stress causing emotional distress and/or physical manifestations.
California workers' compensation laws provide benefits to workers and their dependents when they have suffered injury or death that occur while at work. Compensation may include medical benefits, loss of income, vocational rehabilitation, permanent disability compensation and death benefits.
may not sue their employers for
on the job. The employee's sole remedy is to pursue a workers'
compensation case. There
are a few exceptions to this rule.
Recent changes in California law under the California workers' compensation system have restricted the types and extent of benefits available to injured workers. These benefits, in cases of serious injuries, may be substantially lower than the injured worker is entitled to under civil tort law.
if an employee sustained an on-the-job injury
by a third party (i.e., someone other than the employer), the injured
employee may sue this
other party in civil tort law. Third party cases typically occur
traffic accidents, construction accidents, defective products,
dangerous machinery or equipment, as well as exposure to toxic
For example, if the person was a truck driver on the job and another truck, bus, or vehicle negligently collides with the truck, the injured employee would have two lawsuits or claims - one for worker's compensation and one for negligence liability against the third party, although both claims do normally overlap to some extent and interrelate.
third party cases allow
compensation for pain and suffering
whereas, in most cases, a
workers' compensation claim alone does not
recovery for pain and suffering. See Workers
and third party claims.
and Coming Rule / Exceptions
If you've been fired
or discriminated against due to a work
related injury, you may also have a separate lawsuit for discrimination
or wrongful termination against your employer.