Workers Compensation Resources

What is Workers’ Compensation?

The first Workers’ compensation laws in the United States were enacted during the height of the Technological Revolution in 1911, starting in Wisconsin, as a result of skyrocketing employee work-related deaths and injuries. The laws were written in order to provide employees with compensation to cover medical expenses and permanent physical impairments as well as compensate for loss of wages directly related to the accident and to limit the financial exposure of the employer. In order to guarantee this “no fault” compensation, employees gave up their right to sue their employer for damages as a result of a work injury. Benefits for dependents of those workers who are killed in work-related accidents or illnesses are also covered by the law. Carrying workers’ compensation insurance is mandatory for almost all employers, for almost all states, with the notable exception of Texas.

The 5 Most Important Thngs to Know About Workers Compensation
  1. Coverage: Workmans’ compensation is a state-mandated insurance program that provides benefits to employees who are injured or become ill as a result of their job. Most employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, and coverage varies by state.
  2. Benefits: Workers’ compensation benefits typically include medical treatment, disability payments, and rehabilitation services. The amount and duration of benefits vary depending on the nature and severity of the injury, as well as state laws.
  3. Claims process: Employees who are injured or become ill on the job must report their injury to their employer and file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. Employers are required to provide information about the claims process and assist employees in filing their claims.
  4. Employer responsibilities: Employers have a legal obligation to provide a safe workplace and to comply with state workers’ compensation laws. They are also required to carry workers’ compensation insurance and to provide medical treatment and other benefits to employees who are injured on the job.
  5. Legal recourse: In some cases, employees may need to seek legal recourse if their workers’ compensation claim is denied or if their employer is not complying with state laws. This may involve hiring an attorney to represent them in court or filing a complaint with the state workers’ compensation board.
Workers’ Comp Resources by State:

Employers typically buy workmans’ comp insurance privately or, in some cases like in Ohio, directly from a state fund. The financial risk for employees’ workers’ compensation benefits is sometimes assumed by directly large employers and local and state governments.

Nearly all states require that businesses purchase worker’s comp insurance. However, many employers buy workers’ comp insurance even if they aren’t legally required to do so. State laws normally allow certain exempt employers to “opt in” to the workers’ comp system. In these situations, employees may receive benefits for work-related injuries, but they still can’t file a lawsuit against the employer.

Federal employees have a different system for workers’ comp and one must look to that system rather than to the state’s system for benefits. Injured railroad workers and injured maritime workers fall under separate Federal law for work comp benefits.

Federal Work Comp Resources

The federal workers’ compensation system provides benefits to federal employees who are injured or become ill as a result of their work. The system is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Workers’ Comp Programs (OWCP).

When a federal employee is injured on the job or develops an occupational illness, they can file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. The OWCP will evaluate the claim and determine if the employee is eligible for benefits.

If the claim is approved, the employee may receive a variety of benefits, including:

  1. Medical Benefits: The federal workers’ compensation system covers the cost of medical treatment related to the work-related injury or illness. This includes doctor visits, hospitalization, medication, and other necessary medical expenses.
  2. Wage Replacement Benefits: If the employee is unable to work due to their injury or illness, they may be eligible for wage replacement benefits. The amount of these benefits is based on the employee’s salary and the extent of their disability.
  3. Vocational Rehabilitation: If the employee is unable to return to their previous job due to their injury or illness, they may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation. This may include training for a new job or assistance in finding alternative employment.
  4. Death Benefits: If an employee dies as a result of a work-related injury or illness, their dependents may be eligible for death benefits.

The federal workers’ compensation system is a no-fault system, meaning that employees do not need to prove that their employer was negligent or at fault for their injury or illness. However, there are limitations to the benefits that can be received, and the process for obtaining benefits can be complex. It’s important for federal employees to seek legal guidance from an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to navigate the system and ensure that they receive the benefits they are entitled to.

Federal workers’ compensation is for federal employees and is a program overseen by the Department of Labor. It provides lost wages and medical benefits to employees who have a work-related injury or illness.  The Office of Workers’ Comp Programs (OWCP) administers four major programs for disability compensation which provides to federal workers or their dependents who are injured at work. 

This typically includes:

  • Wage replacement benefits
  • Medical treatment
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Other benefits

If you are a Federal employee, use these links for more information:

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