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My overall experience with this firm has been outstanding. From the very beginning, Ben was incredibly informative, helpful, and patient with me and my situation. He, and the rest of the team, helped to make a stressful and long process so much easier. Inc- Kimberly S.
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Santa Maria CA Workers’ Comp Eligibility
California workers’ compensation regulations state that to be eligible, workers’ comp covers employees’ injuries “arising out of and in the course of the employment.” This generally means that you were injured or fell ill while doing your job or because of your job.
These are the four basic eligibility requirements for workers’ comp benefits:
- You must be an employee.
- Your employer must carry workers’ comp insurance.
- You must have a work-related injury or illness.
- You must meet California’s deadlines for reporting the injury and filing your workers’ comp claim.
If you have questions about completing your workers’ comp claim, consult with Ghitterman, Ghitterman & Feld by giving us a call at (805) 243-2179. There is no charge to speak or meet with us. It’s free!
California Workers’ Compensation Laws
In California’s no-fault workers’ compensation system, employees don’t have to prove that their employer was responsible for their injuries. They only have to demonstrate that the injury was work-related.
When it comes to workers’ compensation, you need to know that your best interests are represented – and we can help with that. We take pride in offering comprehensive legal services and personalized attention so we work hard for you every step of the way. Getting injured at work can be an overwhelming experience, and we understand how difficult it can be to navigate the system independently.
Workers’ Comp Insurance Law
All employers in California are legally required to have workers’ comp insurance. They must provide this through an insurance company or an approved self-insurance program. If your employer has broken the law by not having insurance, you have the right to sue your employer in civil court.
Some claimants working for uninsured employers have collected damages by filing a lawsuit for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages against their employer while filing a workers’ comp claim.
If you’re awarded benefits, but your employer doesn’t pay, you may be eligible to collect from a fund the state has set up for this purpose, called the Uninsured Employers Benefits Trust Fund. If you’re unsure about handling your claim, speak with Ghitterman, Ghitterman & Feld, workers’ compensation attorneys in Santa Maria, CA. We provide a free consultation, so don’t be afraid to give us a call at (805) 243-2179.