Unique Ways You Might Be Eligible For Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Most people are aware that if you suffer an injury on the job, you are covered by the California worker’s compensation system. Here are some examples of ways you may be covered that you may not be aware of:
1. The accident was your fault.
Even if you caused the accident, you might be entitled to worker’s compensation benefits. This is because California law enacted a “no-fault” system about 100 years ago in California to ensure workers are protected.
2. You were injured at home.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many people to work at home instead of the office. If you are injured while performing work activities at home, you may be eligible for worker’s compensation benefits.
3. You were traveling between work sites.
Many workers travel as part of their work duties. For example, if you have an auto accident driving for your work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits – even if the accident was your fault.
4. Your injury happened gradually.
Many injuries happen at a specific time and place. But some happen over time. Work duties that require repetitive motions, lifting heavy objects or exposure to dangerous chemicals are all examples of cumulative trauma injuries.
5. Your work puts you at higher risk than everyone else.
While it’s true that everyone is at risk for exposure to COVID-19, some jobs put workers at even higher risk for infection because they are in contact with many people. Grocery workers, janitors, nurses, doctors, firefighters, and police officers are all examples of workers who are at higher risk of injury.
These are just some of the many ways you may be entitled to the protections of the California Worker’s Compensation System. Each case is unique and deserves an individualized analysis.