Attorney Esequiel Solorio is a certified specialist in workers’ compensation law as certified by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

What are workers’ compensation benefits?

On Behalf of | Apr 24, 2024 | workers' compensation

Work-related injuries or illnesses can be devastating, not only physically and emotionally but also financially. Workers’ compensation benefits help cover expenses lost due to a work injury.

This way, those affected by work-related injuries get the care and support they need without facing financial hardship.

Medical coverage

One primary aspect of workers’ compensation benefits is medical coverage. It includes expenses such as:

  • Doctor visits
  • Hospital stays
  • Medication
  • Surgeries
  • Physical therapy

They will also have access to other necessary treatments related to the injury or illness.

Wage replacement

Wage replacement is also a benefit in workers’ compensation. If an employee is unable to work due to a work-related injury or illness, they may receive a portion of their lost wages through workers’ compensation

Vocational rehabilitation

Workers’ compensation benefits may also include vocational rehabilitation services to assist employees in returning to work. This could entail adjusting their current position or transitioning to a new role if they are unable to perform their previous job duties due to their injury or illness. These services can include:

  • Job retraining
  • Skills assessments
  • Job placement assistance

Employees can also get access to counseling if they find they need it.

Legal protection

Workers’ compensation benefits also protect employees from retaliation or termination for asserting their rights. If an employee believes they are being treated unfairly or experiencing retaliation for pursuing workers’ compensation, they have the option to seek legal help. An attorney can provide guidance, advocate on behalf of the employee and ensure that their rights are protected throughout the process.

By knowing their rights and having access to legal support, employees can navigate the workers’ compensation system with confidence, knowing that they are not alone in their pursuit of fair treatment and compensation for their injuries or illnesses.