In the United States, the first statewide worker’s compensation law was passed in Maryland in 1902, and the first law covering federal employees was passed in 1906. By 1949, all states had enacted some kind of workers’ compensation law. Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance providing wage replacement and medical benefits to employees injured in the course of employment. This is done in exchange for mandatory relinquishment of the employee’s right to sue his or her employer for the tort of negligence. The tradeoff between assured, limited coverage and lack of recourse outside the worker compensation system is known as “the compensation bargain” and is a part of Tort Reform. Most employees who are injured on the job have an absolute right to medical care for any injury, and in many cases, monetary payments to compensate for resulting temporary or permanent disabilities. Most employers are required by law to subscribe to insurance for workers’ compensation, and an employer who does not may have financial penalties imposed.
In the United States, the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics have compiled data showing that 5 Industries account for a vast majority of injuries that take place at work.
- Emergency responders
- Transportation industry workers
- Cleaning professionals
- Law enforcement and those that work in the criminal justice program
- HVAC Workers
Work injuries can take place at anytime and in any occupation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor found that there were 2,986,500 non fatal injuries and illnesses in the private industry in 2011, 340,870 cases involving sprains, strains and tears in 2011, and 182,270 cases involving injuries to the back in 2011, and 225,550 cases involving falls, slips ,and trips in 2011.
If you have ever been involved in a work related injury, please contact our office to speak with a skilled attorney regarding a possible workers compensation claim. Fajardo Law Group LLC may also provide you with a second opinion regarding your work injury case in Illinois. You have the right to receive a second opinion from another attorney in Illinois if your questions or concerns are not being answered by your current attorney. You are also entitled to receive legal advice when representing yourself and dealing directly with the insurance company. Fajardo Law Group LLC would be happy to assist you with a free initial consultation or second opinion regarding your workers compensation case. All communications will be kept confidential and all initial advice will be given free of charge.
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