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Settle Your Workers' Compensation Claims
Workers' Compensation law is designed to protect both employee and employer in case of an on-the-job injury. In California, employers are required to carry Workers' Compensation insurance that covers loss of earnings, medical expenses and on-going therapy or treatment. In case of an injury, employees are entitled to be covered by the insurance company their employer has selected.
Often times, determining an employee's eligibility and compensation can be complicated and can lead to disputes. To make matters more complex, insurance companies make more money by paying out as little as possible by delaying or denying valid Workers' Compensation claims.
Have you suffered an injury at work and thought about what happens to your job while you are on Workers' Compensation? Much like the Family Medical Leave Protections Act, there are legal protections in place to help secure your employment while you recover from your injury. This means your employer is often required to welcome you back to an equal level of employment upon your return, but it's not a guarantee.
The legal requirements vary – every person and every employment situation is different. Some employers may improperly terminate you from employment after an on-the-job injury. If your employer does not rehire you once you can return to work, it is a good idea to contact a wrongful termination lawyer.
Injuries happen. Workers' Compensation insurance can help protect both you and your employer in case you get injured at work. But what happens when you get a work injury but your employer is not at fault? If you are injured by equipment, machinery or vehicles that are not directly connected to your employer, you have an additional legal remedy against the third-party.
A third-party Workers' Compensation claim can be brought if your on-the-job injury was from the negligence of a third party while you were at the job site. A third-party is someone other than your employer.