After a workplace injury, you may worry about your health, your future and your career. Worse, many people have misconceptions about workers’ compensation that could make them hesitant to file a claim. What are some myths about workers’ compensation?
Your employer can fire you if you apply for workers’ compensation.
It is understandable to worry about losing your job because of a claim, but your right to make a workers’ compensation claim is protected by law. Employers who fire you because of a claim or do not allow you to return to work after you recover from a temporary disability could be found guilty of discrimination.
Your employer must be at fault for you to qualify
Many believe that their employer must have been negligent for them to receive workers’ compensation payments, but that is not the case. Because California is a no-fault state, it does not matter who was responsible for your injuries—you can still receive workers’ compensation benefits.
Workers’ compensation will only cover disability payments and medical care.
Some believe that workers’ compensation only covers a few specific costs. However, workers’ compensation can cover a wide variety of different costs associated with work-related injuries. With confirmation from a medical professional, you could be eligible for:
- Money to offset the cost of your medical treatment
- Reimbursement for your travel between your home and your healthcare provider
- Temporary disability payments for up to two years
- Permanent disability payments if your injury has made you unable to work
- Funds for retraining if your injuries leave you unable to do your previous job
If you have questions about workers’ compensation and what you may be eligible for, contact an experienced attorney today. They can answer your questions and help you get the financial support you need after a workplace injury.