Workers’ Compensation in California
Workers’ compensation is governed by laws that vary from state to state. In California, the workers’ compensation system is a no-fault system, meaning:
- Injured employees do not need to prove that an employer (or another party) was negligent or otherwise at fault for the injury or illness.
- Injured employees need to prove only that the injury or illness occurred at work or due to employment.
Who Pays for Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
In California, workers’ compensation benefits are paid in one of two ways, depending on whether or not your employer is insured.
- Insured Employer: If your employer is insured, their private insurance carrier or the State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF) will pay for workers' compensation benefits.
- Uninsured Employer: If your employer is uninsured or does not have the proper insurance, you can receive benefits from the Uninsured Employer’s Benefit Trust Fund (UEBTF).
What Workers’ Compensation Benefits Are Available?
The California’s Workers’ Compensation system pays specific financial benefits to eligible employees, including:
- Medical Treatments
- Temporary Disability
- Permanent Disability
- Life Pension
- Vocational Retraining
- Death Benefits
To learn more about these benefits, visit our detailed Workers’ Compensation page.
Workers’ Compensation After Quitting a Job
You can still get workers’ compensation benefits after quitting a job in California. Whether you file a claim after quitting or you were receiving workers’ compensation benefits when you quit, you are entitled to receive workers’ compensation due to your work-related injury or illness.
Workers’ Compensation After Getting Fired
In California, you can still get workers’ compensation benefits after getting fired from a job. Whether you file a post-termination claim or you were receiving workers’ compensation benefits when you were terminated, you are entitled to receive workers’ compensation due to your work-related injuries or illness. It is also important to note that a company cannot terminate your employment for simply obtaining workers' compensation benefits.
Glauber Berenson Vego: The Injured Workers’ Attorney
Almost 2 million workers were treated in emergency departments in 2020 for work-related injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Workers’ compensation is an important part of receiving fair compensation for immediate and long-term needs for work-related injuries. Whether you have recently quit or been fired from a job at which you sustained injuries, you are still eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
Having a team of experienced California workers’ compensation attorneys is crucial to protecting your rights, educating you about the process, and ensuring you receive the maximum available benefits.