How Long Can I Collect Workers’ Compensation Benefits in California?


At Hanning & Sacchetto, LLP, our workers’ compensation attorneys in Whittier know that when our clients are hurt at work, California workers’ compensation benefits are there to help keep them financially stable while recovering from their injuries.

In California, the workers’ compensation eligibility period begins on the date of the injury, which is the same date used to determine when your payments begin once your claim is approved.

Depending on the extent of our client’s injuries, their workers’ compensation benefits may expire before they are fully recovered, placing them in a compromising financial position.

Here is what California workers need to know about workers’ compensation limits.

Most California Workers’ Compensation Benefits are Capped at Two Years

In a typical California workers’ compensation claim, benefits can be provided for up to 104 weeks.

This two-year limit may be parceled over five years when the benefits are not used consecutively.

Workers who have sustained severe work-related injuries, including burns and certain occupational illnesses, may be eligible for 240 weeks of workers’ compensation benefits.

Types of California Workers’ Compensation Coverage for Different Injury Needs

There are five basic types of workers’ compensation benefits in California.

Injured employees may be eligible for one or more of the following:

  • Medical Care

Injured workers are entitled to receive all medical treatment reasonably required to cure or relieve the effects of a work-related injury or illness.

  • Temporary Disability Benefits

When a worker is unable to return to work within three days of his or her injury or illness, they are entitled to temporary disability benefits to help partially replace the lost wages that resulted.

Temporary Disability Benefits are designed to replace two-thirds of the employee’s lost wages, up to the current maximum prescribed by law.

  • Permanent Disability Benefits

When a worker suffers a permanent work-related injury or illness, he or she may become eligible for permanent disability benefits.

The percentage of permanent disability is determined by using the formula found in the Schedule for Rating Permanent Disabilities. The workers’ permanent injury will be assessed based on their permanent impairment and limitations and rated accordingly to determine the percentage of lost wages he or she is due going forward.

Understanding California injury ratings can be complex. We can help.

Our skilled workers’ compensation attorneys in Los Angeles County will outline your legal rights and options to pursue permanent disability benefits for your injuries, so you can move forward with confidence.

  • Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits

Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits are nontransferable vouchers used for education-related retraining and/or skill enhancement.

The voucher can be used to pay for tuition, fees, books, or other expenses required by the school for retraining or skill enhancement for permanently disabled workers.

  • Death Benefits

When a worker is fatally injured on the job, reasonable burial expenses are paid up to the current maximum set by law, and qualified surviving dependents may receive support payments for a designated period. The total death benefit amount of support payments depends on the number of dependents and whether they are partially or totally dependent.

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Contact Our Experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Whittier, California

If you have been hurt at work and are unsure of what type of workers’ compensation benefits you may be entitled to, we can help.

Contact our skilled workers’ compensation attorneys in Whittier at Hanning & Sacchetto today by calling (562)698-6446.

We will take the lead in your case and ensure your paperwork is accurately submitted, complete, and on time, and that all communication with the insurance company flows through our Personal Injury Attorneys in Whittier, CA, so you can focus on your physical recovery while we manage the balance of your workers’ compensation claim.

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