What To Do After A Work Related Accident In California

Updated: Oct 16, 2021

California Workers' Compensation Laws, Workplace Accident, And Employer Responsibility

If you had an accident at work and are injured due to it, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries if the accident was not your fault. This is commonly referred to as "Workers' Comp" or "Workers' Compensation" in California.

That said, let's discuss the essential components that can contribute to the success, length, and monetary payouts of your Worker's Comp.

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Your employer has an obligation to provide their employers with a safe work environment, a safe work system, and adequately trained coworkers. The employer also has a responsibility to supply appropriate equipment for the duties specified.

In addition, employers are subject to rigorous responsibilities under OSHA and the EEOC.

Who Is Liable For Your Workplace Injuries?

Accidents happen all the time, but that does not indicate that the injured party can file a successful personal injury claim. The claimant must show that someone other than himself was negligent or at fault for this to happen.

The employer usually is to blame for this negligence or error. In some cases, it can be a third-party, and it happens when an employer hired a subcontractor.

However, in cases where the claimant bears some liability, liability for the accident will be divided between the claimant and the other party. This is known as contributory negligence, and it occurs when the claimant is somewhat to blame for the accident and, as a result, the injury that occurs as a result of the accident.

The employer's responsibilities can be summarized as follows:

  • Create a safe working environment. When an employee's work environment is hazardous or poses a hazard, and an accident occurs, the employee is entitled to compensation for the injuries sustained.

  • Provide training. The employer is expected to provide suitable and adequate training to all employees to safely complete the task at hand and avoid injuring a coworker.

  • Safe equipment. The employer has a responsibility to supply the necessary equipment for the employees to do the assignment. Furthermore, the employer must maintain this equipment safely and professionally. If the employer fails to do so and an injury occurs, the employee has the right to file a personal injury claim.

  • Offer a safe working environment. <