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This FAQ section is provided as a general guideline to the rights and responsibilities of an employee who has been injured on the job. It does not, and cannot, contain all of the benefits and obligations pertaining to each specific case. Furthermore, it does not set forth the statute of limitations, nor the time limitations, of what you must do for proceeding with a workers ’ compensation claim. Each workers’ compensation case is unique and the law is frequently modified by the legislature and the courts.

This FAQ section is not intended as a replacement for the advice of an experienced attorney. In fact, if you have suffered an injury that is work related, you should consult an attorney knowledgeable on the law in your State for proper advice regarding the same.

How is workers’ compensation different than the civil court system?

Workers’ compensation is a “no-fault” system of benefits. This means that workers injured on the job are not required to prove negligence or fault on the part of the employer or anyone else. Injuries caused by a worker’s own negligence are also covered. As long as the injury is the result of an accident or occupational disease that had its origin in the workplace, it is covered under the Workers’ Compensation Act or the Occupational Diseases Act. 


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