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.
A workplace injury or illness can be devastating to a worker. In addition to the physical disability and despair that come with these conditions, an injured worker can face many practical obstacles in the workers' compensation system, including:
- fighting to receive medical care for their workplace injury,
- not being able to obtain wage replacement benefits,
- losing his or her job after being denied the right to reasonable accommodation, or
- losing his or her job in retaliation for filing a workers' compensation claim.
We provide legal training programs, advice, logistical support, and educational materials for legal services programs and advocates with questions about injured worker remedies and health and safety cases. We aim to increase the capacity of legal services programs to counsel and represent injured low-wage and immigrant injured workers. If you are a legal aid provider, please see our Legal Support Services Section for information about how to contact Worksafe for assistance.