What is workers' compensation?
A system of statutes enacted by each state that provides medical, lost time and permanent disability benefits for employees hurt in the scope of their employment.
Who thought up the workers' compensation system we have?
State legislatures enacted the WC system. Employees gave up their rights to sue and potentially win awards in court. Employers gave up their common law defenses in exchange for limits on their liabilities.
Is every worker covered by workers; compensation?
For all practical purposes all workers are covered.
Why can't I sue my employer directly?
Employees give up their right to sue employers directly in exchange for assured benefits. Employees don't have to prove negligence or freedom from contributory negligence in order to collect benefits.
Workers' Compensation FAQs
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Additional resources provided by the author
Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission (IWCC) web site
Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association (CLA) web site