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According to state law, all employers who have at least one employee in California must offer workers’ compensation benefits. Until you experience an injury at work, you may not fully understand the workers’ compensation process or the requirements. At DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo, we specialize in workers’ compensation cases in Riverside. Anytime you run into an obstacle with your workers’ compensation case in Riverside or the Inland Empire, contact our Riverside workers’ compensation lawyers today at (951) 977-7787 for a free case evaluation.

Riverside Workers’ Compensation Resources

What is Workers’ Compensation?

Workers’ compensation provides medical and wage benefits to those who have been injured or ill at work. Accidents in the workplace can happen due to a variety of reasons. Workers’ Compensation presents employees with the resources necessary to recover from a personal injury or incident at work without having to give up their salary.

Do I Need a Riverside Workers’ Compensation Attorney?

You may need legal assistance during the workers’ compensation claim process. Employers, medical providers, and insurance companies do not always act ethically or appropriately after a workplace injury. If you have trouble getting your claim approved or are unclear about your rights, contact us to speak with our qualified work injury attorneys. Our law firm routinely helps injured workers by:

  • Expediting the claims process
  • Obtaining qualified medical treatment for our clients
  • Negotiating with insurers and others on behalf of our clients
  • Securing fair compensation that covers all associated injury costs

Who Is Eligible for Workers’ Compensation?

You will qualify for workers’ compensation benefits as long as you are an employee and your injury or illness is work-related. Any activity that benefits your employer financially is typically considered work-related, regardless of where you are physically located at the time of the accident. To successfully file a workers’ comp claim, an injured worker typically needs to demonstrate that the injury has affected your life or work. In other words, a small cut or a bruise that does not require medical treatment will not typically qualify you for benefits. However, there is some gray areas ineligibility, and every case is different. Reach out to one of our attorneys in Riverside for a free case evaluation if you have any questions regarding your specific situation.

Top 10 Frequently Cited Safety Violations For 2021 Fiscal Year

  1. Fall Protection – General Requirements: 5,295 violations
  2. Respiratory Protection: 2,527 Violations
  3. Ladders: 2,026 violations
  4. Scaffolding: 1,948 violations
  5. Hazard Communication: 1,947 violations
  6. Lockout/Tagout: 1,698 violations
  7. Fall Protection – Training Requirements: 1,666 violations
  8. Personal Protective & Lifesaving Equipment (Eye & Face Protection): 1,425 violations
  9. Powered Industrial Trucks: 1,420 violations
  10. Machine Guarding: 1,113 violations

Source: OSHA 

California Injury and Illness Cases Per 10,000 Full-time Workers From 2018-2020

Private Industry 2018 2019 2020
Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting 5.1 6 4.7
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction 0.7 1 0.9
Construction 3.7 3.7 3.5
Manufacturing 3.1 3 3.2
Trade transportation and utilities 4 4.2 3.8
Financial activities 1.4 1.3 1.1
Professional, scientific, and technical services 1 1.1 0.7
Management of companies/enterprises 1.6 0.7 1
Administrative and support and waste management and restoration services 3 3.2 3
Educational services 2.1 2.5 0.9
Health care and social assistance 4.4 4.4 6.1
Arts, entertainment, and recreation 4.3 4.2 3.5
Accommodation and food services 4.5 4.5 3.9
Other services (excluding public administration) 2.7 2.4 2.7

Source: California Department of Industrial Relations

What is Covered By Workers’ Compensation in California?

Benefits are designed to help employees financially cover the costs associated with a workplace injury or illness. Specific benefits you may qualify for include:

Medical Expenses

If you have been injured at work and have medical expenses you cannot keep up with, filing a workers’ compensation claim may help cover the costs of hospital stays, exams, treatment, prescriptions, and travel. Workers’ compensation allows you financial freedom from copay’s and medical bills that occurred due to a work incident.

Lost Wages

If you are waiting to see a doctor and are unable to work, you may be missing out on your regular paychecks. Workers’ compensation will help pay for lost wages that you miss due to your work accident.


Depending on your time away from work, you may qualify for temporary or permanent disability. Disability payments cover a certain percentage of your average weekly wage while you are unable to work.


In some cases, an employee may not be able to return to work in the same capacity. Benefits cover the costs of vocational rehabilitation including skills and job training.


If a work accident leads to the death of an employee, workers’ compensation also has death benefits to help. The family of an employee is entitled to certain benefits after a work-related death. These benefits could help cover unexpected funeral costs. In California, you have one year to file for workers’ compensation benefits, so it is important to speak with a workers’ compensation lawyer in Riverside as soon as possible to get the legal advice you need.

Determining Liability For Workers’ Compensation in California

As stated above, California employers are responsible for their workers and are required to carry workers’ compensation for all employees. Typically, employees are unable to sue their employers for a work-related injury, as employers are required to pay for employees’ injuries regardless of who is at fault. If a company fails to have workers’ compensation benefits for its employees, employers could be held liable for the work injuries endured, resulting in a workplace injury lawsuit.

How Do I Report My Work Injury in Riverside?

Every workers’ compensation case begins with an injury report. Always file an accident report, even if you do not think you suffered a serious injury. Some injury symptoms do not arise until after the incident, and having the incident on record will help you obtain benefits later. If you do not tell your employer about your injury, you may lose your right to file for workers’ compensation benefits. Give notice to your employer within 30 days of the incident or within 30 days of suffering from a work-related disability.

If you do not meet the deadline, you may still qualify for benefits if your employer should have reasonably known about the injury during that time. An employer must provide an injured worker with a workers’ compensation (DWC-1) claim form within a day of learning about an employee’s injury. While an injured employee does have a year to file a claim, we recommend starting the process as soon as possible. For even more information, please visit the Riverside District Office page on the California Department of Industrial Relations website.

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Contact Our Riverside Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Today

We want to meet you and help with whatever means we can. We offer free consultations at our law firm and you will not incur any legal fees until we do our job and win your case. If you cannot make it to our office, a workers’ compensation lawyer in Riverside will come to you. If you would like to learn more about workers’ compensation, visit our statistics and facts page to get started or you can call us seven days a week at (951) 977-7787.