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Posted on Jan 22, 2010
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Workers' Compensation is a system of insurance required for California employers. It covers medical care and payments in the event that a worker gets hurt or ill as a result of work. Workers' Compensation is a no-fault system, meaning that a worker does not have to prove that an employer was "at fault" for his or her injury or illness.

However, workers' compensation is the only remedy for most injured workers, and benefits are strictly limited by statute. Workers' compensation benefits include monetary payments, medical treatment, retraining vouchers, and death benefits. The skimpy workers' compensation payments in California got even smaller with the enactment of the workers' compensation “reform” bill, SB 899, under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2004. For more information about some of the key problems and their causes, read our post, A Broken System.

For several years, we have dedicated ourselves to addressing the problems faced by injured workers in accessing workers' compensation benefits. We help advocates help injured workers as well as work toward innovative and fair policies that will ensure access to adequate workers' compensation benefits for California's workers.

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