Can I Receive Workers’ Compensation if the Accident Was My Fault?

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Accidents can happen anywhere, anytime. Injuries sustained in the workplace can be debilitating in more ways than one as you are almost always left to deal with costly medical bills, an inability to earn wages, potential consequences from your employer, and various other complications that arise after an unexpected accident. Typically, California protects employees by allowing them the right to workers’ compensation benefits in the event of such an incident.

As a no-fault state, this means injured employees have the right to pursue workers’ compensation benefits as provided by their employer, no matter the reason behind the injury in question. However, there are strict exceptions to this rule which may prevent you from obtaining the compensation you seek. In doing so, you also relinquish your rights to file a lawsuit against your employer for their negligence or misconduct.

If you are an injured employee who is seeking workers’ compensation, beware your benefits may be at risk under the following circumstances:

  • Intoxication due to alcohol, drugs, or other substances
  • Criminal behavior
  • Horseplay or deliberate rule-breaking
  • Aggressive attacks on others

Barring any of the above activity, legitimate claims are unfairly denied every day. If this occurs, you must waste no time before enlisting the services of a firm you can trust.

Skilled Legal Team Proudly Advocating on Behalf of Injured Employees

At Ufkes & Bright, we are comprised of highly-esteemed and success-oriented workers’ compensation attorneys who are committed to delivering our clients the most optimal outcomes possible. Our dedicated legal team is prepared to step in to protect your rights when they are being infringed upon. Don’t put yourself at a disadvantage during one of the most challenging times of your life--allow us to tenaciously fight for you.

To schedule an initial case evaluation with a member of our firm, don’t hesitate to contact us by calling 714.500.8661.