workers' comp

If you get a minor injury at work, you may be able to take some time off, get medical treatment, and return to your position relatively quickly. But a more serious injury or one that comes with lifelong/permanent disability, however, leads to more questions about eligibility for workers’ comp benefits.

Workers’ compensation is designed to help those employees who are injured to recover from work and get the necessary medical treatment to be able to move forward and ideally return to work. However, some injuries may be so severe that the person cannot go back to work.

After over 104 weeks of getting temporary disability benefits through California’s workers’ comp system, benefits typically end. However, there are certain illnesses or injuries that meet specific exception rules, such as chronic lung disease or severe burns, which may enable you to continue receiving temporary disability benefits for as long as 240 weeks.

At that point, however, or if you do not meet the special exceptions at 104 weeks, and you have a permanent disability and are unable to return to work, you may be eligible for permanent disability benefits or vocational rehabilitation benefits. This depends on your ability to perform any tasks related to work and the overall nature of your impairment. Getting full and fair workers’ compensation benefits may be harder than you anticipate. Working with an experienced San Francisco workers’ compensation attorney positions you to get the support that you need so you can move on with your next steps.

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