Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
San Diego Workers' Compensation
What makes an injury qualify for workers' compensation?
Workers' compensation covers virtually any work-related injury. This may include an injury that occurs at work, or during and/or as the result of the performance of one's duties at work.
What causes workplace accidents?
Workplace accidents may be caused because an employee makes a mistake, is distracted or inexperienced, or because an employer fails to implement proper safety regulations. Accidents may also occur due to defective equipment or faulty machinery.
Are assaults or attacks also covered under workers' compensation?
Possibly. If you were attacked while at work or in performing your job duties you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. It is best to consult an attorney to discuss the particular situation, however.
Is it possible for a third party to be responsible for a workplace injury?
In some cases, an injured worker may be able to receive
workers' compensation benefits and may also be able to bring a claim against a third party. For example, in a case involving defective machinery, the manufacturer may also be held liable.
What types of workers' comp benefits may I be able to receive?
A workers' comp claim may cover benefits for medical care, disability (permanent or temporary), and job retraining or skill enhancement. Death benefits may be awarded to the surviving family members of a worker who lost his or her life in a work-related incident.
What if I was at fault in the accident?
Even if you were to blame for a work-related injury, you may still be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. California workers' comp is a no-fault system. This means you do not need to establish that someone else was to blame for your injuries in order to receive compensation.
Learn more about workers' compensation and how an attorney can help.