In California, nearly all employers are required by law to purchase workers’ compensation insurance, regardless of the number of employees they have. Workers’ comp is a no-fault system that allows injured employees to recover monetary benefits without having to prove that someone else was at fault for their work-related injuries or medical conditions. In exchange, these employees are barred from suing their employers for damages (in most cases).
Workers’ compensation covers all work-related injuries, illnesses, and medical conditions. If you are injured in a workplace accident or suffer an injury, illness, or medical condition related to your employment, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. This includes catastrophic injuries arising from traumatic on-the-job accidents, as well as cumulative trauma, repetitive motion injuries, overexertion and overuse injuries, and occupational diseases caused by working conditions, such as cancer, asbestosis, and more.
If you are a covered employee and can prove that your injuries or medical condition is somehow related to your employment, you can file a workers’ compensation claim. This is true whether you work part-time, full-time, or seasonally.