Beginning this month, all California employers are required to post an annual summary of all work-related injuries and illnesses (Form 300A) at their places of business through April 30. The purpose of the form is to provide all employees the opportunity to review any and all injuries or illnesses that occurred at their places of work during the previous year, and employers are required to fill out and post the form every year, even if no workplace injuries occurred.
Business News Daily reported on January 19, 2012, that new research by J. Paul Leigh, professor of public health sciences at the University of California at Davis, estimated that work injuries and sick days cost $250 billion annually, with much of the cost absorbed by Medicare, Medicaid and employer-provided insurance. Under California employment law, employees injured on the job are entitled to file a workers compensation claim. However, our firm sees a number of issues that arise from these claims and basic misunderstandings about the rights employees have when hurt at work.
While every case is different and you are encouraged to speak with an employment lawyer after suffering an injury on the job, we will discuss a couple of the more common issues that tend to arise in these cases. Workers compensation laws are intended to provide injured parties with fixed monetary awards and hopefully reduce excessive litigation, but sometimes lawsuits are necessary when an injured worker is not properly compensated.
Law Offices of Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob – Los Angeles employment attorneys