In the United States , accidents kill two people and injure 330 others every ten minutes. For persons 38 years of age and younger, accidents are the leading cause of death, according to the National Safety Council.
Workers’ Compensation is a benefit that is available to all employees in the United States who suffer an injury that arose out of and in the course of their employment. Work related injuries typically covered by workers’ compensation include:
- Neck, back, and knee injuries
- Carpal tunnel/repetitive trauma injuries
- Hearing problems
- Work-related emotional problems
- Work-induced heart attack or stroke
- Occupational diseases such as asbestosis and dermatitis; disfigurement and scarring of face, neck or hands
- Asthma or other work related pulmonary conditions
- Loss of use of limbs
- Eye injuries
Workers’ Compensation laws are designed to ensure that employees who are injured or disabled on the job are provided with fixed monetary awards, eliminating the need for litigation. These laws also provide benefits for dependents of those workers who are killed because of work-related accidents or illnesses.