Q. What is Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation is a benefits program created by state law that provides medical, rehabilitation, income, death and other benefits to employees and dependents due to injury, illness and death resulting from a compensable work-related claim covered by the law.
Q. When am I covered?
Workers’ compensation coverage begins the first day of employment. Employers with three or more employees are required by law to provide coverage.
Q. What is considered an on-the-job injury, illness and death claim?
Any injury, illness or death arising out of and in the course of employment is by definition a compensable work-related claim. This means if employees are injured while performing assigned job duties during assigned work hours, they are covered under the workers’ compensation program. Injuries sustained while engaging in unassigned duties, during lunch and breaks, are not covered. In addition, injuries that occur during an employee’s normal commute to and from work are not covered.
Q. If I am injured on the job, what should I do?
You should IMMEDIATELY report your injury to your employer. Obtain and fill out the paperwork required by your company and forward to the appropriate organization for processing. Be as specific as possible when reporting your injury. If anyone witnessed your accident, inform your employer of such a witness. Prompt notification will enable your company to begin your benefits in a timely manner.
Q. What happens if I cannot make a report of my injury?
If your injury is such that you are unable to make a report, you will be provided immediate medical assistance and a report will be made for you. Others reporting the injury should also be as specific as possible when reporting the accident, and the report should be turned over to the employer as soon as possible.
Q. Are on-the-job accidents or injuries investigated?
Yes. Your employer and/or the company responsible for handling workers’ compensation claims generally investigate on-the-job accidents and injuries. Investigations are necessary to determine why and how the injury occurred, and to implement policies and procedures to make the workplace safer. FILE A CLAIM