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Workers' Compensation

California Insurance: Industrial Injuries and Workers' Compensation

Worker's Disability Compensation is an employee benefit which was established for you by the California legislature. Compensation is provided for disability, death or medical care resulting from accidental injury or disease that is related to employment without regard to who may be at fault.

The Workers' Compensation law is written to favor you, the injured employee, so that you can receive your benefits quickly and easily without expense.

You are not required to prove that you are not at fault. All that you are required to do is to establish that your injury was in some way caused by your employment. When that is established you are entitled to full benefits.

Basic Benefits

  • Medical Care: Employers are required to provide appropriate treatment for employment injuries. You are entitled to reasonable and proper medical/acupuncture care to cure or relieve effects of work-related injuries or diseases. You may utilize treatment by licensed acupuncturists, medical doctors, chiropactors, physical therapists, psychiatrists, etc.

    1. California Labor Code 4600: If you inform your employer in writing that you have a regular treating physician/acupuncturist BEFORE the occurrence of an industrial injury, you have the right to be treated by that physician/acupuncturist.
    2. California Labor Code 4600 3209.3: The California Workers' Compensation Law provides "freedom to choose" acupuncture to employees injured while working on the job.

  • Temporary Disability Payments: If you are placed on a temporary disability or work restriction by your doctor, you are entitled to weekly compensation payments which are based on two-thirds (2/3) of your average weekly wages, subject to certain minimums and maximums. Payments may be claimed as long as disability and wage loss continues. These payments are not deducted from any permanent disability award.
  • Permanent Disability: If your doctor states that your physical condition is "permanent and stationary", and that there remains a permanent residual injury, you are entitled to permanent disability benefits. The Workers' Compensation Law provides a schedule of monetary amounts for each percentage (%) of permanent disability.
  • Death Benefits: If you are killed or die on the job, and it has been determined to fall under Workers' Compensation, your dependents are entitled to substantial payments, plus a fixed burial expense.
  • Other Benefits: There are many other benefits available to injured employees under California law. These include rehabilitation training, dental work, reconstructive surgery, lifetime medical care (in some cases) and other benefits.

What to Do if You Are Injured and Want Acupuncture Treatment

Over the last several years Workers' Compensation laws have changed dramatically, especially in regards to authorization for treatments. By law, acupuncturists are considered primary care providers are therefore authorized by the state to provide services under workers' compensation laws. If you are interested in acupuncture please call our office and we will explain how you might be able to obtain treatment.

Why Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a complete system of healing that has been used in Asia for over 2,500 years. Treatment is aimed at restoring the body to a state of balanced function. Once this has been accomplished, the body is better able to heal itself.

Any injury can alter the body's normal functioning of nerves, muscles, tendons and ligaments. If your injury is caused by lifting, pulling, falling, slipping, bending, spasm or over-exertion, you may be a candidate for acupuncture treatment.

An acupuncturist is an expert in the field of Oriental medicine. Acupuncture may eliminate the need for you to live with pain. If you fail to receive treatment which restores your health to the extent experienced prior to your injury, you may begin to experience symptoms that are seemingly unrelated to your injury such as headaches, upset stomach, nausea or fatigue. These symptoms, however, can often be alleviated through acupuncture treatments.

Your acupuncturist will consult with you about your injury and will advise you whether or not acupuncture can help you. He/she will also be able to tell you what types of services will be necessary for treatment and correction of your problem.

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Our fillable patient forms are now available on our website. Download the forms. Then, click just above the lines, type in your information and check off appropriate checkboxes. Print out the completed forms and bring them with you when you come in for your first visit.


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