Under the law in the state of California, workers are not generally permitted to sue their employers for injuries sustained on-the-job. This includes injuries occurring at construction sites. Employers can be sued for intentional wrongdoing that falls outside of the workers’ compensation framework, but otherwise workers’ compensation is the exclusive remedy. An employee injured on-the-job may obtain workers’ compensation benefits without proving negligence–and may obtain benefits even in the absence of negligence or wrongdoing on the part of an employer– as long as the employee can prove the injury was job-related. These benefits, however, cover only specific losses as defined by statute including paying for medical bills and providing wage loss and disability income.
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