The workers’ compensation system is something of a compromise between a business and its employees. In exchange for providing insurance that covers you in the event of injury or work-related illness, you are prohibited from suing your employer (in most cases).
Every year, many legitimate workers’ compensation claims are denied—leaving injured workers without the money they need to pay their medical bills and support themselves.
The so-called “gig economy” is booming right now: the number of people working a freelance gig—a job that typically pays by the hour and doesn’t include a 401k, health insurance, or other benefits—is at an all-time high. A survey done by the Pew Research Center found that 24 percent of Americans earned money in 2015 through some kind of freelance work—whether it was driving for Uber or freelance web design.
The law is not set in stone: it is ever-changing, with new laws enacted and old ones struck down every day. For lawyers, this is part of the challenge and satisfaction of practicing law. For the people seeking a lawyer’s help, however, a new law can bring worry. How will it effect their case?
You’ve been injured at work, and you’ve heard that workers’ compensation will cover your bills. But what does workers’ compensation cover, exactly?You’ve been injured at work, and you’ve heard that workers’ compensation will cover your bills. But what does workers’ compensation cover, exactly?