workers' compensation
work·ers' compensation n
1: compensation for injury to an employee arising out of and in the course of employment that is paid to the worker or dependents by an employer whose strict liability for such compensation is established by statute
◇ Where established by statute, workers' compensation is generally the exclusive remedy for injuries arising from employment, with some exceptions. Workers' compensation statutes commonly include explicit exclusions for injury caused intentionally, by willful misconduct, and by voluntary intoxication from alcohol or illegal drugs.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

workers' compensation
A program that provides medical care and replacement income to employees who are injured or become ill due to their jobs. Financial benefits may also extend to the survivors of workers who are killed on the job. In most circumstances, workers' compensation pays relatively modest amounts and prevents the worker or survivors from suing the employer for the injuries or death.
Category: Employment Law & HR → Employee Rights

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

workers' compensation
USA
Compensation and benefits provided to employees for certain on-the-job injuries and occupational diseases. Workers' compensation benefits typically include some or all of the following:
• Lost wages.
• Medical expenses.
• Disability benefits.
• Lump-sum payments for permanent effects of an injury.
• Vocational rehabilitation.
• Death benefits.
Most states have enacted workers' compensation statutes requiring private employers to carry workers' compensation insurance. Some states exclude certain employers and workers from coverage (for example farm labor, domestic servants and casual workers who earn less than a threshold amount). independent contractors generally are not eligible for workers' compensation. For more information about independent contractors, see Practice Note, Independent Contractor Classification (www.practicallaw.com/4-503-3970).
Most workers' compensation insurance is obtained from private insurers, although some states operate a state fund that employers can choose to use and/or permit employers to self-insure. A few states mandate sole use of the state insurance fund.
Workers' compensation generally is the employee's exclusive remedy against the employer for on-the-job injuries, with certain state law exceptions.
Most states prohibit employers from discriminating or retaliating against an employee for filing a workers' compensation claim or reporting a workplace injury. For more information about discrimination and retaliation, see Practice Notes, Discrimination: Overview (www.practicallaw.com/3-503-3975) and retaliation.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


workers' compensation
A system whereby an employer must pay, or provide insurance to pay, the lost wages and medical expenses of an employee who is injured on the job.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


workers' compensation
A system whereby an employer must pay, or provide insurance to pay, the lost wages and medical expenses of an employee who is injured on the job.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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