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Workers’ compensation, sometimes known as “workers comp,” is a government-ordered program that benefits workers who get ill or injured at work or get sick due to the job. It is a program for workers that provides healthcare, cash, or both to employees who get injured or ill due to work. In California, workman’s comp insurance is compulsory for all employees.

California law states that even if the business has one employee or is headquartered in a different state, compensation is necessary. The state describes an employee as someone working for a company, whether the arrangement is: legal or illegal unemployment, expressed or implied, oral or written. Here are details about California workman’s comp insurance.

1.  The Benefits of California Workman’s Comp Insurance

Employees in California enjoy numerous benefits from workman’s comp insurance when they suffer from work-related injuries or illnesses. These benefits include:

  • Medical treatment –If an injury occurs while working or as a result of the work, medical treatment and expenses are covered.
  • Temporary disability payments-the employees are entitled to payments if the injury or illness prevents them from performing their usual tasks while recovering.
  • Permanent disability benefits-some injuries, such as injury on the spinal cord, can lead to permanent disabilities from which one can’t recover. Some employees are eligible for life pension payments.
  • Supplemental job displacement vouchers- some employees can return to work, but due to the injuries, they can’t do the original job; a workman’s compensation would help cater to training costs.
  • Death benefits- if an employee dies due to factors or illness caused at work, the family is eligible for the benefits.

Some people are exempted from California Workman’s comp insurance. They are:

  • Directors and executive officers who own the business entirely
  • Sole proprietors
  • LLC members

2.  Workers’ Comp Settlements in California

When a worker’s report and filed claim are reviewed, the settlements can be awarded by the judge in two ways. The payments include the following:

a)   Compromise and release

An injured employee is paid a one-off amount, and the case is closed. Any medical care that would emerge in the future is not covered, even if it’s related to the injury.

b)   Stipulated findings and award

This settlement is reached when an insurance company and the injured employee agree on the extent of benefits and disabilities, resulting in biweekly payment. The insurance company is expected to pay for any future medical treatment that would arise. The injured employee can reopen a case if the medical illness worsens within five years.

A California workers’ comp judge needs to approve any kind of settlement, and usually, an informal hearing is held before the judge. It’s in the interest of the employer and employee to be informed about the progress of the negotiations.

3. Laws Governing Limitations for Workers’ Comp Claims

California workman’s comp insurance can only be claimed within the first year by an injured worker, although California regulators can extend the time due to the following circumstances:

  • If the employee is below 18, the one-year statute of limitations is expected to start when that person becomes an adult.
  • If the original injury caused other injuries, a worker could file a compensation claim within five years.
  • If a worker experiences repetitive stress injury, they can file for a claim within a year from the date they knew of the damage.


Amongst the insurance programs, workers’ compensation is one of the oldest insured programs instituted as a trade-off between employees and employers.  It helps business owners protect themselves from liability while safeguarding their most important assets, the employees.