March 17, 2021

Who is eligible for workers’ compensation?

If you were hurt at work, you could be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, including payment for medical bills and lost wages. As long as you’re eligible, you may receive compensation regardless of who was at fault for the injury. In exchange for this protection, you lose the right to file a lawsuit against your employer for damages.

Typically, there are four basic eligibility requirements for workers’ comp benefits:

  • You must be an employee.
  • Your employer must carry workers’ compensation insurance.
  • You must have a work-related injury or illness.
  • You must meet your state’s deadlines for reporting the injury and filing a workers’ compensation claim.