Frequently Asked Questions
Workers’ Compensation in Bakersfield, California
If you have questions about workers’ compensation and workplace accidents in Bakersfield, an attorney at our law firm can answer these for you during a free consultation. However, we have included some frequently asked questions below for your convenience:
What is workers’ compensation?
Workers’ compensation is a social insurance program that offers benefits to injured workers in the wake of a workplace accident or any work-related injury. In exchange for all employers in California being required to offer workers’ compensation benefits, employees are prohibited from suing their employers for workplace injuries.
How do I know if I’m eligible for workers’ compensation?
If you were injured in an accident at work or were injured in performing the duties of your job, you are most likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. There are a few rare exceptions, however, and as such it is important to talk to a lawyer about your particular case.
What should I do after a work accident?
Immediately after a work accident, it is crucial that you inform your employer of what occurred. From there, you will need to file a workers’ compensation claim and seek medical attention as soon as possible. Working with an attorney is advised, to guide you in filing your claim and recovering the benefits you may deserve.
Do I need to prove that someone else caused my work injury?
No. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault program, meaning that it is not necessary to prove that someone else was responsible for your injuries.
Does workers’ compensation also cover exposure at work, or repetitive motion injuries?
Most likely, yes. Workers’ compensation benefits are provided for any injury related to work, whether this is sustained in an accident, is related to carrying out one’s job duties, or occurs from exposure to a toxic substance or dangerous condition at work.
Contact a Bakersfield workers’ compensation attorney at our firm today to learn more about this important topic.