Workers’ compensation insurance can be a real lifesaver for a business if an employee gets hurt or becomes ill because of their job. It’s a way to protect them and make sure that they’re provided for if something happens to them on the job. Safety should always be a priority at the workplace – along with helping you and your employees avoid injuries, this will help you lower your workers’ comp premiums as an added bonus.
Anyways, if something happens on the job, you may not necessarily be to blame for the accident or injury, but you were the one requiring the employee to be there. Thus, workers’ comp insurance is there to take care of your responsibility to the employee. If you’re in the position of handling a workers’ comp claim and you’re not sure if it’s going to “count” as a claim, keep in mind that there are a few criteria to be met for a claim to be compensable. (Compensable basically means that the employee is eligible to receive workers’ comp benefits because of their injury.)
So, what are these magic criteria, you may ask?
We’ve broken the requirements into three questions below to help you figure out where your workers’ comp incident stands.