HR Health & Safety FAQ

Is every employee injury covered by workers’ compensation?

Worker’s compensation covers injuries or illnesses suffered on the job. This covers more than just workplace accidents: Any work-related injury is covered, including an injury suffered while an employee is at an offsite company event, traveling for work, or otherwise doing company business. Cumulative injuries and illnesses are also covered, if they are work-related. For example, repetitive stress disorders related to work fall under workers’ compensation coverage, as do illnesses caused by exposure to workplace chemicals or radiation. For more information on workers’ comp, see Nolo’s article Workers’ Compensation Basics for Employers.

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