COVID-19 and California Workers’ Compensation

Updated: Nov 28, 2020

Learn About Your Workers' Compensation Benefits And Your Employee Rights


Due to the continuing state of emergency in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and in order to encourage other methods of filing the workers ' compensation claim on time, and in compliance with the en banc order provided by WCAB on 6 April, documents subject to the statutory time limit can be submitted directly by e-mail to the district offices in compliance with AD Rule 10205.7(c) if the filing party is unable to do so.

You should immediately contact a California Bar Certified Worker's Compensation Lawyer Referral Service to have your claim reviewed FREE of charge.


California Workers’ Compensation

Workers ' compensation benefits are intended to provide you with the medical care you need to recover from your accident or illness related to your employment, partly offset the salaries you lose while getting treatment and recovering to help you return to work. Workers ' compensation benefits do not include negligence or punitive damages for pain and suffering.


Report to your employer the accident or disease


As soon as possible, make sure that your supervisor is aware of your injury. If your accident or disease has gradually progressed, report it as soon as you discover or suspect that your work has caused it.


Reporting on time helps prevent concerns and delays, including medical treatment, in obtaining benefits. You could forfeit the right to collect employee disability payments if you do not disclose the injury within 30 days.


If You Are Very Ill And Need Emergency Care


Dial 911 immediately or go to an emergency room right away if it's an emergency. Tell the medical professionals that it is work-related to the accident or sickness. Ask your manager for more guidance if you can safely do so. Make sure you have first aid if you don't need emergency care and see a doctor if necessary.

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Facts About California Workers' Compensation