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During these unprecedented times several questions have come up throughout our law firm regarding COVID-19 in the workplace. It is unfortunate COVID-19 took our country by surprise, however with a little bit of knowledge and general facts we can try to help give you some peace of mind as we navigate through these trying times.

COVID-19 Workers’ Compensation Coverage in California
COVID-19 Workers’ Compensation Coverage in California

When it comes to the correlation of workers’ compensation and the novel Coronavirus known as COVID-19, Navarro Law Firm has your questions covered!

For general information regarding COVID-19 and workers’ compensation see below.

  • If you are unable to do your usual job because you were exposed to and contracted COVID-19 during the regular course of your work, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
  • Benefits include temporary disability (TD) payments, which begin when your doctor says you can’t do your usual work for more than three days or you are hospitalized overnight. You may be entitled to TD for up to 104 weeks. TD stops when you return to work, your doctor releases you for work, or your doctor says your illness has improved as much as it’s going to.
  • TD generally pays two-thirds of the gross wages you lose while you are recovering from a work-related illness or injury, up to maximum weekly amount set by law.
  • In addition, eligible employees are entitled to medical treatment and additional payments if a doctor determines you suffered a permanent disability because of the illness.
  • Essential employees, such as healthcare workers, grocery store checkers, and public safety employees, are at greater risk for exposure and contracting COVID-19.


California’s workers’ compensation process can overwhelm employees who have suffered an injury in the workplace. To ensure fair compensation and to protect their rights, employees should have a comprehensive understanding of the process. This article provides an overview of the workers’ compensation system in California, guiding employees through the necessary steps and emphasizing the benefits of seeking legal representation.

Reporting the Injury

The first step in the workers’ compensation process involves promptly reporting the workplace injury to the employer. Employees must report the injury within 30 days, but it’s advisable to report it as soon as possible. Failure to meet this deadline may result in benefits denial. Employees should provide detailed information about the injury, including the incident’s date, time, and circumstances.

Understanding California’s Workers’ Compensation Process An Overview for Employees
Understanding California’s Workers’ Compensation Process An Overview for Employees

Seeking Medical Treatment

After reporting the injury, employees have the right to receive necessary medical treatment for work-related injuries. California law mandates that employers provide medical care through workers’ compensation insurance. Informing healthcare providers about the work-related nature of the injury ensures proper documentation and billing.

Filing the Workers’ Compensation Claim

Initiating the workers’ compensation process involves filing a claim with the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB). Employees must complete the DWC-1 claim form accurately and submit it within one year of the injury or the last date of employer-provided benefits. This claim form notifies the employer and the workers’ compensation insurer about the injury and the employee’s intent to seek compensation.

Evaluating the Claim

Upon filing the claim, the workers’ compensation insurer evaluates its validity and decides whether to accept or deny it. The insurer has 90 days to make this determination. Accepted claims entitle employees to benefits, including medical treatment coverage and wage replacement. Denied claims can be appealed.

Appealing a Denied Claim

Employees can request a hearing before a workers’ compensation judge to appeal a denied claim. This step allows employees to present additional evidence, testimonies, and medical reports supporting their claim. Having legal representation significantly increases the chances of a successful appeal.

Benefits and Compensation

Approved claims entitle employees to various benefits, such as medical treatment coverage, temporary disability benefits, permanent disability benefits, and vocational rehabilitation if necessary. These benefits cover medical expenses, lost wages, and potential future earnings losses. A workers’ compensation attorney can ensure employees receive the maximum benefits entitled to them under California law.

Free Consultation with a California Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Navigating California’s workers’ compensation process can be challenging for employees. Understanding the necessary steps, from reporting the injury to filing a claim and potentially appealing a denial, is crucial for protecting their rights and securing fair compensation. Seeking legal representation from an experienced workers’ compensation attorney is highly recommended. Navarro Law Firm can guide employees, provide valuable advice, and advocate for their best interests, ultimately maximizing their chances of a successful outcome in their workers’ compensation case. Contact us for a Free Consultation!