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California's workers' compensation law guarantees prompt, automatic benefits to employees with injuries arising out of employment or during the course of employment.

An industrially-injured employee has a right to medical treatment reasonably required to cure or relieve from the effects of the injury. If you can't work because of a job injury or job illness, workers' compensation pays your medical bills and provides money to help replace your lost income until you can return to work.

The County of Kern's workers' compensation program is self-insured and self-administered. Workers' Compensation Services manages all of the workers' compensation claims for the County of Kern. Claims Adjusters will assist injured employees and their employing departments with the workers' compensation process.

The County has chosen to provide this medical care by using a Workers’ Compensation Physician Network called a Medical Provider Network (MPN), as provided by Senate Bill 899.

The County of Kern has also adopted a Return-to-Work policy/program. This policy/program includes a temporary limited duty component as well as a consideration for modified or available alternate work for employees who are permanently incapacitated for the performance of their regular jobs.

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