California’s workers’ compensation system provides financial support to employees who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses.
If you find yourself in such a situation, it is important to know how long you can expect to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
Temporary disability benefits
When an injury or illness prevents you from performing your job temporarily, you may be eligible for temporary disability benefits. These benefits aim to replace a portion of your lost wages during the recovery period. Temporary disability benefits typically last for a maximum of 104 weeks within five years. However, the actual duration may vary based on the severity of your condition and the recommendations of your treating physician.
Permanent disability benefits
In some cases, a work-related injury or illness may result in permanent impairment. If your treating physician determines that your condition will not improve significantly, you may be eligible for permanent disability benefits. The duration of these benefits varies by the severity of your impairment and your assigned disability rating.
Permanent disability benefits are typically paid every week. The total duration depends on the percentage of disability assigned. The higher your disability rating, the longer you may receive these benefits. There is a statutory limit on the number of weeks to receive payments, even for severe disabilities.
In certain situations, workers may face challenges returning to their previous jobs due to a permanent disability. In such cases, vocational rehabilitation services may help individuals develop new skills or find alternative employment. The duration of vocational rehabilitation services varies based on individual needs and progress.
Unfortunately, workplace injuries are on the rise, increasing 7.5% in 2022 compared to 2021. For those injured, awareness of workers’ compensation time limits can help them plan for the future while focusing on recovery.