Workers’ Compensation FAQ

At Auxilium Law Group, PLC, of Encino, California, here are some of the most common questions we receive regarding California workers' compensation.

What is the purpose of workers' comp?

The purpose of workers' compensation is threefold:

  1. To compensate people for injuries suffered at work
  2. To give ill and injured workers the resources they need to heal and to return to work
  3. To shield employers from lawsuits that are related to workplace injuries. In most circumstances, filing for workers' compensation bars workers from suing employers for injuries.

What types of injuries does workers' comp cover?

Workers' compensation covers injuries and illnesses that are suffered as a result of work-related requirements and activities. This can include:

  • Occupational diseases that are caused by exposure to toxic materials. Examples are asbestosis, some forms of cancer, occupational asthma and lead poisoning.
  • Repetitive-stress injuries. These injuries typically affect muscles, nerves, ligaments and tendons. Examples are carpal tunnel, bursitis, epicondylitis (tennis elbow) and tendonitis.
  • Mental health issues caused by stressful working conditions. Examples are post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression.

Am I covered by workers' comp?

If you are classified as an employee, it is likely that you are covered, although there are exceptions. These exceptions include employees who are covered by other programs: federal employees; those who work on the sea; railroad workers and people who work at U.S. military facilities.

Who pays for workers' comp?

Most California employers are required to carry workers' compensation insurance. Employers pay workers' compensation insurance.

What types of benefits are available through workers' comp?

There are five types of workers' compensation benefits in California.

1. Medical benefits

2. Temporary disability benefits

3. Permanent disability benefits

4. Supplemental job displacement benefits

5. Death benefits

Can I still sue my employer, in addition to receiving workers' compensation?

In some situations, it is possible to sue an employer for work-related injuries.

Speak With A Workers' Comp Attorney For Free

If you have suffered an injury at work, speak with an experienced workers' compensation lawyer. Call Auxilium Law Group, PLC, of Encino, California, at 818-855-2330, or connect with us through our website.