b'WORK INJURY LAWOVERVIEW OFTHE WORKERS COMPENSATION SYSTEMPURPOSETheCaliforniaLaborCodeandtheCaliforniaCodeof Regulations,Title8,governWC.UnderCalifornialaw,all employerswithoneormoreemployeesmustcarryWC insurance to cover workplace injuries and illness.WC is a safety net that is supposed to help injured or sick employees recover and return to work and to make sure they are taken care of in the event they cannot return to work.WC works a lot like regular health and disability insurance in which employers pay into an insurance fund and then the benefits areadministeredthroughacontrolledsystemofchecks and balances that are overseen by Californias Division of Workers Compensation (DWC).NO FAULT SYSTEMWC is a no fault system, which means that it does not matter if you caused your own injury or illness. Keep in mind, however, that just because WC is a no fault system, this will not prevent your employer and its insurance company from trying to avoid paying out the benefits you deserve.ELIGIBILITYWCextendstoallemployees,includingundocumented employees.It can also extend to independent contractors if it is determined that the person in question was indeed anemployeeasdefinedbylawafterananalysisof factors proscribed by courts. These subtleties highlight the importance of hiring an experienced WC attorney.7800-777-7777DominguezFirm.com'