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Top 5 Things You Didn't Know About Workers' Compensation

May 6, 2019

The first workers’ compensation law was more than a century ago where the legislation of the workers’ benefit has changed vehemently. This has also varied from state to state. Apart from the state differences, there is a difference in the legislation of state and federal workers’ compensation. Each of them offers unique solutions to problems.


It is highly essential to understand the complexity of the claims of workers’ compensation where below are the 5 facts which everybody should know with regards to this context.


  1. The Employer gets to decide your medical provider

It might seem biased but your employer decides as to which medical provider you will go, for the work-related injury. If the employee declines to go to the chosen medical provider, he/she might lose the workers’ compensation claim.


2.    The workers compensation insurance depends on the number of employees

The state-mandated workers’ compensation insurance entirely relies on the number of employees in the business industry and the work-place. The law requires insurance if there are 3 or more employees, which is at any work-place.


3.    The law does not cover all of the losses

The workers’ compensation covers lost wages, medical expenses, and financial support for disabilities but it does not compensate for the sufferings and pain. It can be noted, on the other hand, that the personal injury lawsuits can financially compensate for the sufferings and pain, which is endured after sustaining any type of accident.


4.    The Employee has the right to take action against the employer

The employee has been given the right to sue the employer after he/she has sustained an injury. He/she can sue the employer for being reckless or causing an intentional act which has contributed to the painful injury, but there should be the first waive of his/her rights to the workers' compensation.


5.    Compensations are not taxable

The workers’ compensation benefits are not taxable. This comes under the workers’ compensations act and is exempted from taxes which also include payments to survivors after there has been an unfortunate fatal accident.  


Other facts also include that it is possible to receive the benefits after one has returned to work and the social security, workers’ compensation can be paid at one time, etc.


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