In the early 1900s, in America, there were no laws in place protecting the injured worker. Workers were at the mercy of the court system to get compensation for workplace-related injuries—and they often failed. Companies typically argued that employees couldn’t be compensated if they contributed in any way to their injury or if they signed a contract (often known as a “death contract”) acknowledging the hazards of the job.
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?
In 1972, driving deaths in the U.S. reached an all-time high of 54,589. Recognizing this as a public health crisis, the U.S. government—along with newly created non-profit organizations—worked to reduce the death toll. Campaigns advocated for the installation and use of seat belts and air bags, warned drivers of the dangers of drinking and driving, and pushed states to improve their road infrastructure. As a result, traffic deaths fell around 40 percent by 2010, to 32,999.
The Social Security Disability program is a labyrinth. It is full of confusing regulations, requirements, and exceptions. (We cover one of the many common misconceptions about SSDI in a previous post.)