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How long do workers’ compensation benefits last in California?

On Behalf of | Oct 31, 2023 | Workers' Compensation |

Workers’ compensation benefits help financially support employees who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses. The duration of these benefits can vary considerably, depending on several factors, such as the nature and severity of your injury or illness.

Understanding the intricacies of the workers’ compensation system is crucial to helping ensure that you receive the appropriate support. Here are some key points to consider.

Temporary disability benefits

If you cannot work for a considerable period due to a work-related injury or illness, you may be eligible to receive temporary disability benefits. These benefits typically last for a maximum of 104 weeks within a five-year period. However, there may be exceptions for severe injuries, and the benefits may be extended beyond this period if you meet certain criteria.

Permanent disability benefits

Permanent disability benefits are paid to workers whose injuries or illnesses result in permanent disability. How long these will last depends on your disability rating. That is based on much your disability limits the kind of work you can do or your ability to earn a living. Permanent partial disability benefits end eventually, while permanent total disability benefits may last a lifetime.

Medical benefits and vocational rehabilitation

Medical benefits are generally provided for as long as necessary to treat your work-related injury or illness. In some cases, you may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services to help you return to the workforce. The duration of these services can vary based on your needs and progress.

It’s essential to note that the laws and regulations governing workers’ compensation are subject to change. Additionally, the specific circumstances of your case can lead to variations in the duration and amount of benefits due to you. It’s wise to have experienced legal guidance to help protect your interests and  approach each situation with a comprehensive understanding of all the legal aspects involved.