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It is every employee’s right to work in a safe environment and it is an employer’s responsibility to provide a working space free from danger and illness. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Some workers are injured on the job. When you acquire a work-related injury or illness, it is the responsibility of your employer to cover the cost of your injury, for instance your medical bills and current income. In most cases, employers and insurance companies will try to pay as minimal as possible, deny your claims and will push you back to work even before your full recovery. During these instances, you will need a help of our worker’s compensation attorneys in Santa Barbara.

What does Workers’ Compensation Provide For?

If you have been sick or injured because of your work conditions or environment, you are generally entitled to receive the following benefits:

  • Payment for medical treatment and expenses. This benefits shall cover a hundred percent of medical care for your work-related injury. This includes emergency care, regular check ups and follow-up treatment with doctors, recovery and rehabilitation costs, and transportation expenses.
  • Income benefits. This is given in replacement for the portion of any income loss because of work-related illness or injury.
  • Payment for any permanent impairment. This benefit is given for work-related injuries which results to permanent physical impairment.
  • Vocational rehabilitation services. In most states including Santa Barbara, if the worker needs to change jobs or fields due to an injury at work, a benefit pay is given for job retraining.  
  • Burial benefits. A pay is given to the loved ones or dependents for the deceased employee’s funeral and burial expenses.

Eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits

Typically, there are three basic eligibility requirements for you to be entitled of workers’ compensation benefits:

  1. Your employer must carry workers' compensation insurance or be legally required to do so.
  2. You must be an employee of that person or company.
  3. Your injury or illness must be work-related.

Types of injuries covered by workers’ compensation

The types of injuries to which benefits are available varies for each state. However, the general rule is that states distinguish between partial and permanent injuries. The common injuries and illness covered by worker’s compensation in Santa Barbara include:

  • Serious injuries such as broken bones, amputation, paralysis, traumatic brain or spinal cord injury, burns and permanent scarring
  • Repetitive stress or motion injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, nerve damage, ligament, tendon and muscle injury
  • Joint and connective tissue injury, from foot, ankle, leg and hip trauma to hand, arm and should injury
  • Mental health issues, including stress and anxiety

Contact your workers’ compensation lawyers in Santa Barbara

If you have been seriously injured and ill on the job, and your employer disputes your workers’ compensation claim, it is best that you seek help from workers’ compensation attorneys in Santa Barbara. At The Law Office of Osbelia Castillo, we will help you recover the workers’ compensation benefits that you are entitled to.