If you suffered an injury on the job in a warehouse in Pomona or the surrounding area, your injuries may have caused you to miss days at work and thus incur lost wages. Your injuries may even be severe enough that you are temporarily disabled and off work for an extended period of time.
Injuries that cause lost days at work do not have to leave you scrambling for money. However, you must take the proper steps to verify your time off due to an on-the-job injury.
Types of workplace injuries
Why are you so much more likely to suffer a serious injury at your warehouse job? Loading dock and warehouse employees are at a higher risk for injury than the average worker because these jobs involve a lot of physical lifting as well as the use of dangerous equipment. In warehouses and on loading docks, pallets can tip over, accidents can occur with truck backups, and injuries can result from accidents with forklifts, dock levelers, dock plates and other equipment. These are the types of injuries that can often lead to temporary disability and lost wages.
California Workers' Compensation Act
The California Workers' Compensation Act governs on-the-job injuries. This law automatically places the fault for the injury on the employer. Under state law, workers who suffer injuries on the job have a right to the proper compensation and medical treatment for their injuries, including lost wages due to time off of work. The process begins when you fill out a claim form and return the form to your employer for processing.
Temporary disability claims are for people who are out of work due to injury, and the benefit for temporary total disability usually pays two-thirds of pre-tax wages during your recovery. Your doctor must describe in a report how your injury prevents you from working for more than three days.