California Restaurant Fails To Insure Employees

Law Offices Of Kropach & Kropach

We came across this story in December that we want to share with you because it highlights some of the ways that employers can hurt employees when it comes to insurance. A California pizza restaurant found itself in trouble and was ordered to pay fines for two labor code violations. The violations centered around the restaurant owner’s failure to provide their employees with workers compensation insurance.

David Michael Bufano was found guilty of the workers comp charge. Not only that, but the state issued a stop order against him, meaning he could no longer operate his business until the problem was resolved. His $10,000 fine will go directly into the Uninsured Employers Fund which is set aside to cover employees who get injured at work who are not insured by their employer.

At the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach, we know that the state takes these issues seriously and so do we. If you are facing trouble from an employer who has failed to provide you insurance and you need a workers compensation attorney in Los Angeles, contact us today so we can ensure you get the compensation you deserve.

Do employers have to provide insurance?

If a business has employees in the state of California, then it must provide them with workers compensation insurance. If they fail to do so, they can face significant penalties. This can include:

  • A $10,00 fine
  • Up to one year in jail
  • Further fines based on each employee
  • Other state penalties

Why are the penalties so severe?

They are severe because employees need to know that they are safe when they go to work each day. Some industries are high-risk and see more injuries than others, but we need to point out that anyone can sustain a work injury. Slip and fall accidents are one of the main causes of workplace injuries and can happen anywhere.

If you are hurt at work and you report your injury, you should be able to expect your medical expenses to be covered and to be compensated for much of your income if you miss days of work. If your employer does not have workers compensation insurance, you will still have coverage through the Uninsured Employers Fund, but the state will seek reimbursement from the employer in the aftermath.

What are your options?

There is no doubt that all employers must have workers compensation insurance for their employees. If your employer does not have coverage, or if they are giving you a hard time about your injury claim, please seek legal assistance. At the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach, our knowledgeable and experienced team will fight to ensure that you get the coverage you deserve for all of your injury-related expenses. This can include:

  • Coverage of your medical bills
  • Income and benefits lost
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • And more

If you need a Los Angeles workers compensation lawyer, you can contact us by clicking here or calling us at 818-609-7005.

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