What is Workers Compensation Insurance?
Employers are legally obligated to take reasonable care to assure that their workplaces are safe. Nevertheless, accidents happen. When they do, workers compensation insurance offers coverage.
Workers compensation insurance serves two purposes: Workers injured while working may get medical care and compensation for a portion of the income they lose while they are unable to return to work and it usually protects employers from lawsuits by workers injured while working.
Workers receive benefits regardless of who was at fault in the accident. If a worker is killed while working, workers comp (as it is often abbreviated) may offer death benefits for the worker’s dependents.
What Injuries are Covered?
Injuries employees sustain on the workplace premises or anywhere else while the employee is acting in the “course and scope” of employment may be covered if their employer has workers comp insurance. For example, the leading cause of workers comp death claims is traffic accidents that occur when the employee is in a vehicle for work purposes, whether the trip is made in the company’s car or the employee’s own vehicle. Accidents driving to and from work are not covered.
In addition to injuries from accidents, workers comp may cover injuries employees from other events that may occur while they are working, including workplace violence, terrorist attacks and natural disasters.
Workers comp insurance also may cover certain illnesses and occupational diseases (defined in the state statutes) contracted as a result of employment. For example, employees who work with toxic chemicals can be made ill by exposure to the chemicals.
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