Many people in California work on farms, especially seasonal workers. It is hard work and does not always pay much, but for many people it allows them to provide for their family. However, are agricultural workers in California entitled to workers’ compensation in the event of a job-related injury?
Farm injury coverage depends on state law
Workers’ compensation covers a person’s medical bills and lost wages if a covered worker suffers an injury or illness on-the-job. However, not all states permit agricultural workers to seek workers’ compensation. Fortunately, in California seasonal workers in the agriculture industry are entitled to the same workers’ compensation rights as all other workers.
Why do farm workers have trouble obtaining benefits?
Agricultural workers sometimes have a hard time securing the benefits they are entitled to. First, their employer may lack workers’ compensation insurance coverage. Workers may also be afraid to pursue a claim for benefits because they are afraid that they will get fired if they do. Other times physicians do not keep agricultural workers off work for the time needed to recover. Undocumented workers are especially vulnerable when it comes to securing workers’ compensation benefits.
Learn more about workers’ compensation in California
Agricultural workers in California may be entitled to workers’ comp but obtaining these benefits can sometimes be difficult. However, these workers should not lose hope as there is help available to assist them in pursuing the benefits they deserve. This post is for informational purposes only and does not contain legal advice. Farm workers concerned about their workers’ compensation rights may find our firm’s website to be a useful resource.