Workers’ compensation benefits provide five basic benefits that can help injured California workers with the challenges they face following a workplace accident. Injured workers should know what each of those benefits are, how they can help them and how to obtain them when needed.
Types of workers’ compensation benefits
There are several different kinds of workers’ compensation benefits protecting injured workers and their families including:
- Medical care benefits: workers’ compensation benefits can help injured workers with the costs of medical care they need for their work-related injury or illness which will be paid for.
- Temporary disability benefits: temporary disability benefits available through workers’ compensation benefits for lost wages can help injured workers with their lost wages while they are unable to work while they are recovering from their injuries.
- Permanent disability benefits: permanent disability benefits may be available to help injured workers if they do not fully recover from their workplace injury or illness.
- Supplemental job displacement benefits: for workers injured after 2004, supplemental job displacement vouchers may be available to help the injured worker with job retraining and skill enhancement when they don’t return to the employer they had when they were injured or do not recover completely from their workplace injury or illness.
- Death benefits: death benefits may be available to the worker’s spouse, children or dependents if the worker is killed in a workplace injury or because of a workplace illness.
Obtaining workers’ compensation
Workers’ compensation benefits can help injured workers with medical care, lost wages, vocational rehabilitation and with death benefits for surviving family members.
Workers’ compensation benefits are always working for injured workers and their families in California which is why they should be aware of the specific benefits available to them.