Westminster, CA asked in Workers' Compensation for California

Q: Can we claim the price/usage increase compared to our average electric bill?

My husband broke his right ankle at work. He is now home 24/7. Our electric bill has gone up because he is home.

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Nancy J. Wallace
Nancy J. Wallace
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • Grand Terrace, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Sadly, no! There is nothing in the Labor Code that requires the Employer or INsurer to pay for the increase in residential electricity during periods of Temporary Disability. The Labor Code only requires payment for 'reasonable' treatment (which includes mileage reimbursement to the treatment), and Temporary Total Disability Indemnity (2/3 of the workers' average weekly earnings). And, at the end, Permanent Disability. There is no complete reimbursement for all out-of-pocket expenses nor any 'pain & suffering'.

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