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Actions to take after hurt wrist?

Submitted By: Sarah (California)

I hurt my wrist at work, and was given restrictions of can’t use my right hand. My job said they would let me work around it, but they have cut my hours and shifts to once a week. What can I do?

The place knows nothing about workers’ comp at all and doesn’t have a book or any guidelines about how to handle any injuries that happen at work. I just want to make sure I don’t get screwed over. I live in California if that matters. Any information you can give would be appreciated.

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Dear Sarah,

California law requires an employer with even one employee to provide workers’ comp coverage. According to the State of California Department of Industrial Relations your employer:

“…must post the Notice to Employees poster in a conspicuous place at the work site. This poster provides employees with information on your workers’ compensation coverage and where to get medical care for work injuries. Specific requirements are contained in sections 3550-3553 of the California Labor Code. Failure to post this notice is a misdemeanor that can result in a civil penalty of up to $7,000 per violation.”

California law also requires employers to provide newly hired employees with a workers’ compensation pamphlet explaining their rights and responsibilities. If you have any questions about your coverage go to the State of California Department of Industrial Relations site.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: January 25, 2015

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One thought on “Actions to take after hurt wrist?

  1. I have worked on Tribal land for over 13 years. I was injured on the job and had to have carpal tunnel surgery.

    I was cut off of my medical and upon return to work was given a different job title which lowered my hourly wage by over 30%. I’m still on modified duty from the doctor.

    I was also told that I will not qualify to begin to receive medical benefits back until I have worked for 5 months at full time status.

    I’m having a hard time finding out what my rights are and I need help please.

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