When you accept a new job, you should feel confident in knowing that your employer must provide you a safe environment in which to perform your work.

Should an accident occur while at work, you should also feel confident in knowing that you may qualify to receive financial or other benefits through the workers’ compensation program. Knowing ahead of time what types of benefits fall under workers’ compensation may help employees in any line of work.

A wide range of benefits for injured employees

As explained by the State of California Department of Industrial Relations, the workers’ compensation program encompasses multiple types of benefits to accommodate a range of situations. In cases involving the death of an employee due to a work-related injury or illness, their surviving spouse, children or other dependents may receive financial death benefits.

For employees who experience injuries or illnesses that result in disabling conditions, the workers’ compensation program may pay benefits for the loss of wages so long as the person remains unable to work. This may occur for temporary or permanent benefits with the length of time benefits are received varying accordingly. The program utilizes a formula to determine the amount of money a person may receive.

Job retraining and medical care benefits

In situations where a person may be unable to return to their original job, workers’ compensation may assist them with training for new roles. Medical care for treatment may also be covered under the program.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give employees in California an overview of the types of benefits under the state’s workers’ compensation program that they may qualify for if they become injured on the job.