Workers' Compensation Laws and Benefits by State

Workers' compensation laws provide compensation to workers who are injured in the course and scope of employment.


Workers' Compensation Benefits

Workers are normally entitled to be provided with necessary medical care for a work-related injury, and may be entitled to additional benefits, such as disability benefits or compensation for permanent disability or disfigurement, and benefits for retraining and rehabilitation.

When a worker is killed as the result of a job-related injury, benefits may be available to the worker's spouse and dependents. States also regulate the fees that employees may be charged by lawyers who represent them in workers' compensation proceedings, in order to help ensure that injured workers can access legal assistance without having to worry about the cost of legal representation consuming the value of their benefits.

Workers Compensation Laws for Each U.S. State

As workers' compensation laws can be very different, it is important for employers and workers to understand the laws of the state in which they provide employment or are employed.

The following summaries provide an overview of important aspects of workers' compensation law for each state. Click the name of your state to see the summary.

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This article was last reviewed or amended on Apr 11, 2018.