Every year thousands of inmates in California state correctional institutions and Federal prisons suffer severe injuries while is prison work programs. Under California state law inmates have the right to receive workers compensation benefits for the harm they have suffered while part prison work programs.
About Our Law Firm: Our personal injury and workplace injury laws firm is dedicated to assisting individuals who have suffered harm due to the negligent or harmful acts of others or during their employment activities. If you or a loved one have suffered harm in a state of federal prison during the course of employment or work activity feel free to contact our law offices toll free (855)385-2529.
California Workers Compensation: Under California statutes an injury is compensable when “it arises out of an in the course of the employment”. Other significant factors in determining the compensability of an injury during work include..
- The injury is caused by the employment
- The employee was not intoxicated at the time of the injury
- The accident or injury is not self-inflicted or intentional
- The injury is not cause by an illegal act of the employee
Rights of Prisoners to Workers Compensation Benefits: Under section 3370.1 of the labor code provides that an inmate if a state penal or correctional institution, “shall be entitled to workers compensation benefits for injury arising out of an in the course of assigned employment.” This law also allows for compensation by certain family members and relatives of inmates who died due to accidents while working.
Common Prison Workplace Injuries: Some of the most common injuries and accidents to take place during work in prisons are as follows…
- Slip and Fall accidents
- Machinery accidents
- Being run over by a mechanized vehicle
- Auto accidents
- Exposure to toxic fumes
- Falling off of ramps
- Scaffolding and construction accidents
- Hot water and other liquids falling on the body and face
- Acts of assault and battery while at work
- Injuries caused by inmates who fight forest fires and brush fires
Common injuries often include, broken limbs, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, hand and foot nerve damage, burn injuries, loss of vision, broken noses and facial lacerations. Other than physical injuries victims of workplace accidents can also suffer psychological harm including emotional trauma, depression and PTSD.
Cost or Legal Representation: Our legal representatives work on a contingency fee basis meaning that you or your loved one DO NOT have to pay for any legal fees out of pocket. If you want to learn more about your legal rights feel free to contact our law firm toll free (855)385-2529. All consultations are free of charge.