2024 California Workers’ Comp Settlement Chart – Forbes Advisor – Forbes

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Workers’ compensation benefits allow injured workers to recover compensation when they get sick or get hurt as a direct result of doing their jobs.

Unlike in a typical personal injury claim, injured workers don’t file a lawsuit to recover compensation and they don’t receive compensation for pain and suffering. Instead, state laws dictate the types of benefits they can receive, including payment of medical bills and temporary or permanent full or partial disability benefits.

Because many of the rules for benefits are standardized under state laws, it is helpful to look at charts made available by your state’s Department of Workers’ Compensation. For example, a California workers’ comp settlement chart is useful in learning how much money you may be able to receive after an on the job injury.

California Workers’ Compensation Chart for Temporary Disability

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If you get hurt and you cannot work on a temporary basis, you may be entitled to receive temporary disability benefits. These benefits are intended to cover your lost wages.

Temporary disability benefits may be available until you have reached maximum medical improvement or until you have recovered and gone back to work. Once you have reached maximum medical improvement, if you are still impaired, you will switch to receiving permanent disability benefits.

The table below shows the temporary disability benefits you may be entitled to depending on when your injury took place and the severity of your injury. You can receive temporary disability benefits for a maximum of 104 weeks.

If the date of your injury occurred on or after this date And your average weekly earnings were within this range This is your temporary disability payment
1/1/23
Below $364.29
$242.86
 
$364.30 to $2428.72
2/3 x Average weekly wage
1/1/22
Below $346.42
$230.95
 
$346.43 to $2309.56
2/3 x Average weekly wage
1/1/21
Below $305.16
$203.44
 
$305.17 to $2034.47
2/3 x Average Weekly Wage
1/1/20
Below $292.36
$194.91
 
$292.37 – $1949.15
2/3 x Average weekly wage
1/1/19
Below $281.57
$187.71
 
$281.57 – $1877.07
2/3 x Average weekly wage
1/1/18
Below $273.44
$182.29
 
$273.44 – $1822.91
2/3 x Average weekly wage


California Workers’ Compensation Chart for Permanent Disability Benefits

If you are permanently disabled, you can receive benefits on an ongoing basis through workers’ compensation.

If you are 100% permanently disabled, you can continue to receive the same benefits you were getting under temporary disability benefits. Usually, this is ⅔ of your average weekly wage earned before your injury–up to maximum and minimum limits.

However, if you are only partly disabled, the amount and duration of your payments will vary based on your disability rating. The chart below shows the number of payment weeks you can receive your permanent disability benefits. If your rating was 10, for example, you’d receive benefits for 10 times 5 weeks, or 50 weeks.

Permanent Disability (PD) Percentage Permanent Disability Minimum Weekly Rate Permanent Disability Maximum Weekly Rate Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit
1 to 54
$160.00
$290.00
$6,000
55 to 69
$160.00
$290.00
$6,000
70 to 99
$160.00
$290.00
$6,000

There are also different maximum and minimum payments applied to permanent disability benefits. The chart below shows these maximum and minimums.

Permanent Disability Rating Percentage Number of payment weeks per each percentage point
Under 10
4
10 – 24.75
5
25 – 29.75
6
30 – 49.75
7
50 – 69.75
8
70 – 99.75
9

You may also be entitled to Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits if you have a permanent partial disability and you need educational retraining to find new work since you can no longer do your old job. The chart above shows what this benefit amount will equal.


California Workers’ Compensation Chart for Death Benefits

If an employee dies from a work-related injury, a spouse, children, or other dependents may be entitled to death benefits including reasonable burial expenses and ongoing benefits until the last dependent minor turns 18.

Ongoing death benefits are available at the total temporary disability rate with a minimum payment of $244.00 per week. The maximum total amount paid out over time depends on the number of dependents. The California workers’ comp settlement chart below shows how much total compensation is available after a fatal work injury.

Injury Date Payment for Burial expenses 1 Dependent Total 2 Or More Dependents Total 3 or more dependents total 1 total plus 1 or more partial dependents 1 or more partial dependents
For injuries on or after Jan. 1, 2013
$10,000
$250,000
$290,000
$320,000
$250,000 plus four times annual support for partial dependents not to exceed $290,000
Eight times annual support not to exceed $250,000
For injuries prior to Jan. 1, 2013
$5,000
$250,000
$290,000
$320,000
$250,000 plus four times annual support for partial dependents not to exceed $290,000
Eight times annual support not to exceed $250,000


How to Use a California Workers Comp Settlement Chart

These charts help you to determine the compensation you are entitled to. However, many factors impact your work injury claim. You should always work with an experienced California workers’ comp lawyer to help you understand how these charts apply to your situation and what your claim may be worth over time.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What benefits are available in a California workers’ compensation claim?

You should receive payment of medical bills in a California workers’ compensation claim. You may also be entitled to job retraining and to permanent or temporary benefits for partial or total disability. A work injury lawyer can help you to understand what your claim may be worth and can assist you in getting the benefits you deserve.

Should you settle your California workers’ comp claim?

If you and your employer’s workers’ comp insurer can agree on fair compensation for your work injuries, you can settle your workers’ comp claim. If you cannot come to an agreement, a hearing may be necessary to determine your workers’ comp benefits. An experienced work injury lawyer can help you to make sure you get the full amount of compensation you deserve.

How can you maximize your workers’ compensation settlement in California?

If you were hurt at work, be sure to let your employer know about your injuries right away. Seek prompt medical attention and document all of your injuries as well as the ways in which they impair your ability to work. You should also consider hiring an attorney to help you understand your rights and guide you through your claim so you don’t inadvertently give up any benefits you deserve.

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