Injured In The Cannabis Industry?
There are good and bad news for the cannabis industry…
Here’s the good news for the cannabis industry – growers, extractors, analytical labs, medicine manufacturers, food and beverage products manufacturing, packaging, warehousing and distribution, transportation and dispensaries have increasing access to purchase workers compensation insurance for their workers.
Here’s the bad news – not all employers in the cannabis industry have heard the good news.
Cannabis industry employers are subject to the same laws as any other employer in California and if the employer doesn’t have workers’ compensation insurance, they could be liable for substantial fines, and jail time. In addition, if a worker suffers an injury, the employer may be sued by the employer OUTSIDE of the workers’ compensation system and could owe the injured worker all medical bills, wages, and other substantial damages.
Some workers are misled into thinking they are “independent contractors” rather than employees. Don’t assume you are not an employee – California law may consider you one no matter what others think.
Fortunately, many responsible employers in the Cannabis industry are securing workers compensation insurance for their employees, but whether they have or not, you have rights in California if you are an injured worker.
We are here to help. If you have suffered an injury or condition while working, give us a call at 714-547-5025.
The consultation is free and confidential.