Injuries Caused by Employer Misconduct

Labor Code sections 4553 and 4553.1 provide for a 50 percent increase in benefits, together with costs and expenses not to exceed $250 in situations where the employee is injured by the serious and willful misconduct of the employer. In essence, the employer pays a penalty equal to 50 percent of the cost of the entire claim including medical treatment and disability directly to the employee for its serious and willful misconduct causing the injury.

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