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Workers compensation payments in the U.S. are usually covered by insurance plans paid for by employers.

The employer pays insurance on a regular basis, or has the payments deducted from the workers paycheck. The insurance company agrees to cover any injuries sustained by employees on the job.

The purchase of workers compensation insurance is typically required by law for any company with five employees or more.

If your company has four or fewer employees, you need to obtain an exemption and inform your employees that they are not covered by workman's comp... or your business will be responsible for covering the payments.

If an employee is injured on the job, the workers compensation program pays out benefits until they can return to work. These payments normally include the cost of medical bills as well as lost wages.

While payment are often considered fair by all, doubts may arise about whether an employee was truthfully injured on the job — or suffered the injury while at home... or on the softball field. At other times, employers may dispute the seriousness of a disability that prevents an injured employee from returning to work.

If the employer contests the injury or disability, then the employee can usually request that a hearing be scheduled to present the facts and solve the dispute. In many states, the law allows for decisions unfavorable to either party to be appealed.

Consulting with a lawyer who specializes in workers compensation is a good idea if an employee contests a ruling, and especially if an employer chooses to stop payments, or simply ignores the law by not making any payments at all.



More about workers compensation law around the Web:


Help Center | Workplace Injuries
- Facts & information on related medical and legal issues, news, statistics, workplace injury FAQ.

Workplace Injuries & Workers Compensation - Featuring visitor discussions and Q&A on workplace injuries, unsafe working conditions, wrongful termination and related topics.

Workers Compensation - Workmans Comp Service Center - Current news, a very active discussion board, searchable databases of workmans comp lawyers, and complete regulations governing workmans comp disability coverage in all 50 states.

Workers Injury Law & Advocacy Group - Washington DC-based advocacy group promoting the interests of those with occupational diseases or work-related injuries, with searchable database of lawyers, related resources, membership info.

Below, click on a state to find out more about workers compensation laws, claims resolution and legal help where available:

Workers compensation laws by US State: New Mexico South Dakota
Alabama Georgia Maryland New Jersey Tennessee
Alaska Hawaii Massachusetts New York Texas
Arizona Idaho Michigan North Carolina Utah
Arkansas Illinois Minnesota North Dakota Vermont
California Indiana Mississippi Ohio Virginia
Colorado Iowa Missouri Oklahoma
Washington
Connecticut Kansas Montana Oregon West Virginia
Delaware Kentucky Nebraska Pennsylvania Wisconsin
Florida Louisiana Nevada Rhode Island Wyoming
  Maine New Hampshire South Carolina  

 

also see -> How the Jones Act Protects Injured Maritime Workers

OSHA & Maritime Law for Injured Seamen

How FELA Helps Injured Railroad Workers

The information provided on these pages is intended as reference
only and does not constitute professional legal advice.

 

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