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Those injured on the job may seek workers' compensation benefits

Whether one is working in the construction industry, in a factory or even in a white-collar job, it is entirely possible that a person could suffer an injury on-the-job that prevents them from working. For example, a person could fall from a ladder, slip on a spill on the floor or suffer a repetitive stress injury. When this happens, and a person is left unable to work for a period of time, they may be concerned about how they are going to make ends meet financially.

Fortunately, California, just like every other state in the nation has a workers' compensation system to protect workers in such situations. Workers' compensation is basically an insurance policy owned by the worker's employer, to provide benefits to workers who are injured on-the-job. By supplying workers' compensation benefits, however, this generally means that the worker cannot pursue a lawsuit against the employer.

However, there are some exceptions to this. For example, if a third-party directly contributed to the worker's injury, an injured worker might pursue a lawsuit against that person or entity. Sometimes this is the only way to be compensated specifically for pain and suffering following a workplace accident.

That being said, determining who is liable in a workplace accident can be complex. Fortunately, attorneys in California, such as those at Omara & Padilla Attorneys At Law, are available to help workers in such situations. These professionals aim to help their clients receive the compensation they are entitled to, whether it is through workers' compensation benefits or a third-party claim. To learn more about workers' compensation in California, you can review the firm's workers' compensation overview.

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