Los Angeles Healthcare Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Injured Healthcare Workers
California law requires most employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance covering nearly all employees, including healthcare workers. If you are a doctor, nurse, dentist, or another healthcare provider who has been injured on the job or suffered a work-related medical condition, you are likely entitled to benefits.
At KJT Law Group, we are proud to represent healthcare workers in filing workers’ compensation claims. Our Los Angeles healthcare workers’ compensation attorneys have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of the injured, and we are ready to help you navigate the claims filing or appeals process.
Get in touch with us today to schedule a free case review; call (818) 507-8525 or contact us online.
Common Healthcare Worker Injuries
Doctors, hospital staff, and other healthcare workers are required to work long hours, often in dangerous, high-stress situations. They frequently work with hazardous materials and are often exposed to harmful, infectious diseases. As a result, it is not uncommon for healthcare workers to suffer job-related injuries and illnesses.
Some of the most common healthcare worker injuries include:
Sprains and strains
Repetitive motion/repetitive strain injuries
Bloodborne infectious diseases
These and other injuries can have serious effects, causing temporary or permanent disability and resulting in the affected worker being unable to return to work for weeks, months, or even years. When this occurs, eligible workers can receive workers’ compensation benefits for medical expenses, wage replacement, and other related costs.
Can Healthcare Workers Receive Workers’ Compensation for COVID-19 in California?
With the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers have faced a disproportionate risk of on-the-job exposure and infection. To aid healthcare professionals and other essential workers, such as first responders, California passed a law making it easier for those exposed to COVID-19 in the workplace to qualify for workers’ compensation.
Senate Bill 1159, signed into law on September 20, 2020, allows certain qualifying workers to collect workers’ compensation benefits for medical expenses, wage replacement, and more. Specifically, the law makes it so that healthcare workers, first responders, and certain other employees who contract COVID-19 are automatically presumed to have been exposed to the virus at work or due to their employment. The law also provides that employees who contract COVID-19 during an outbreak in their workplace are automatically presumed to have been exposed at work, therefore making them eligible for workers’ compensation.
If you are a healthcare worker in California who was exposed to COVID-19 on the job, you could be eligible for workers’ compensation if you tested positive for the virus. Reach out to our Los Angeles healthcare workers’ compensation attorneys to learn more during a free, no-obligation consultation.
What Rights Do California Healthcare Workers Have When They Are Injured on the Job?
In California, healthcare workers have the same rights as any other employee who is injured on the job.
This means that you likely qualify for workers’ compensation benefits if you can prove:
You were injured at work or in relation to your employment
You are classified as an employee in the state of California
Your worker is required by state law to carry workers’ compensation insurance
You are a qualifying employee under California workers’ compensation laws
It should be noted that healthcare workers also have the same responsibilities as any other employee who suffers a work-related injury or illness. This means they must report all work-related injuries and illnesses to their employers within 30 days of the injury or the date on which the injury/illness was discovered or reasonably could have been discovered. Generally speaking, however, it is better to report the injury or illness as soon as possible, rather than wait the full 30 days. Reporting your injury sooner means you can begin receiving your benefits earlier, which also means you can get the medical care and wage replacement you need.
Healthcare workers also have the right to appeal denied workers’ compensation claims in California. If your employer or employer’s insurance company has disputed or disallowed your claim for any reason, or if they have terminated your benefits, you can file an appeal. We strongly recommend that you work with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer, like those at KJT Law Group, who can protect your rights and help you navigate the appeals process.