Workers’ Compensation laws are designed to ensure that employees who are injured or disabled on the job are provided with monetary benefits, eliminating the need for a work injury claim or lawsuit. Workers’ Compensation laws also provide benefits for dependents of those workers who are killed as a result of work-related injury or illness in the form of a work injury settlement. Some laws also protect employers and fellow workers by limiting the amount an injured employee can recover from injury compensation claims against an employer and by eliminating the liability of co-workers in most work accidents.
Most people think of Workers’ Compensation in relation to an accident or specific incident. However, workers are legally protected for work-related injury or illness that develops gradually from workplace hazards common to a specific occupation or industry. If you can no longer work because of an occupational disease or injury, you likely will need an attorney experienced in this complex area of the law. Call us to get started.