The specific purpose of this association is to improve the advocacy, promote the skill, and preserve the high standards of ethics of attorneys representing injured workers, and by extension to assist injured workers in obtaining full and just benefits under the workers' compensation laws of the State of California.
The California Applicants' Attorneys Association (CAAA) is the most powerful and knowledgeable legal voice for the injured workers of California. Serving California's injured workers since 1966, CAAA has been built with the support of its members who recognized the necessity of an active voice for injured workers.
CAAA is instrumental in providing the California injured worker the opportunity for fair workers' compensation benefits and re-entry into the community as a productive citizen. The support of CAAA's members help to provide the optimum ability for CAAA to continue its distinguished tradition.
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The complexity of laws regarding Workers' Compensation requires a depth of understanding and experience that one cannot commonly find in firms that practice general litigation. Many of our attorneys are dedicated exclusively to Workers' Compensation matters. Our attorneys benefit from constant education and extensive work in the area of Workers' Compensation from the opening and pre-litigation aspects all the way through trial and post-trial actions.
Employees who sustain injuries on the job are entitled to file a claim for benefits. It makes no difference if you have been an employee for 10 years or 10 minutes, if you in fact have been injured on the job in the course of your employment, you are entitled to benefits under the law.
A disease or illness caused from exposure to various chemicals or other elements within the workplace may also give rise to a claim for Workers' Compensation benefits.
Generally a worker/employee must be engaged in his or her normal work duties at the time of the injury. However, if one was injured on the premises (or in the parking lot), ready to begin a shift, or just finishing a shift, they could have a claim for Workers’ Compensation benefits.
Workers' compensation programs were an outcome of the Progressive Era, when reformers responded to both labor and employer concerns about high rates of work-related injuries, insufficient compensation to injured workers, and continuing employer uncertainty about how to predict the costs related to these injuries. California's workers' compensation system was established in 1913 by the Boynton Act, which required that employers, with some exceptions such as the agricultural sector, provide workers' compensation benefits to their employees. Benefits for permanent disability, including permanent partial disability, were an essential part of the workers' compensation scheme.