The Workers’ compensation Act reflects a growing public sentiment that employees should receive compensation for work-related injuries and that compensation should be regarded as a charge upon the business in which the employee worked. Workers’ compensation therefore attempts to accommodate the correlative rights and duties of employers and employees. Each party relinquishes certain common law rights and duties in exchange for the imposition of new statutory rights and duties.
Workers’ compensation eliminates negligence and fault as bases of loss allocation, and instead distributes the inevitable cost of injuries among those parties best able to absorb them.
If you have questions about the workers’ compensation system, or about a claim issue you are having, please feel free to contact The Bainbridge Firm for assistance.