Workers' compensation is a state-mandated insurance program that provides compensation to employees who suffer job-related injuries. An employee injured on the job is guaranteed benefits regardless of who was at fault. In return for workers' compensation benefits, employees usually forfeit the right to sue their employer in court for damages for their injuries. The rules regarding workers' compensation are very different than for other personal injury matters.
Workers' compensation benefits typically include:
In order to satisfy workers' compensation requirements:
There are several steps you must follow in order to receive workers' compensation. You must:
Workers' compensation is designed to provide benefits to injured workers regardless of whether the injury was the employer's or the employee's fault. As long as your injury is work-related, it is covered under workers' compensation. Typical injuries covered are:
Workers' compensation provides for almost every type of injury that may occur at the workplace. However, several types of injuries remain uncovered:
Several classes of workers are not entitled to workers' compensation benefits. The following are employees not covered by workers' compensation:
If you have been injured at work, your first recourse should be to file the proper workers' compensation insurance forms required by your employer. If further disputes arise, consultation with an attorney familiar with workers' compensation law should be sought. Speaking with the proper attorney will inform you of your legal rights as well as preserve any possible remedies you may have.
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