When you get injured in the workplace, you may have to take unpaid leave in order to recover physically and emotionally. The government recognizes that employee injuries in the workplace can come at a great cost because of this, so they ensure that nonexempt companies have a legal duty to take out workers’ compensation insurance. This means that when one of the company’s employees suffers from an injury, they have the opportunity to file a workers’ compensation claim and get reimbursed for the expenses that they were subject to as a direct result of the injury.
In a situation such as this, your employer will have certain duties and responsibilities toward you of which they are legally obliged to carry out. It is important as an injured worker that you make sure you understand your rights during the period after your injury.
The duties of your employer
When you injure yourself at work, the first thing that you should do after treating your injuries is notify your employer of the injury. They have the legal obligation to provide you with a workers’ compensation form within one day of you reporting the injury.
In addition, your employer must also complete a report themselves in regard to the accident that took place and mail this to the employer’s insurance company as well as the workers’ compensation board office. They should comply with any further requests for information.
If you were injured in a California workplace, it is important that you stand up for what you are legally entitled to and make sure to take action if a dispute arises.