Workers in all industries in California face occupational hazards, and they all need to recover from workplace injuries as soon as possible and return to work. Knowing that the state-regulated insurance system is there for them might provide comfort. However, not all workers' compensation benefits claims proceedings go smoothly. A Triple Crown-winning jockey recently reported the challenges he experienced in his dealings with the California workers' compensation system.
The insurance provider that specifically covers California racetrack employees initially allowed in-home care services and physical therapy, which are crucial for riders who suffered spinal or brain injuries. Then, without prior notice, these treatments were halted. The jockey says although he ultimately managed to get permission to continue the services, stopping the treatment had an adverse impact on his recovery.