Workers' compensation law is a complex area of law that blends principles of employment law and personal injury law. Workers' comp claims cover on-the-job injuries, of all sorts, for employees in nearly every industry. However, not all employees will be covered.
For an employee's injury to be covered by workers' comp, the two main requirements include:
- that the employee actually be an employee, rather than an independent contractor; and
- that the injury occurred within the scope of employment.
Additionally, because workers' comp law is a product of state law, requirements may vary from state to state. Below you'll find five of the most common questions about which injuries may qualify for workers' comp.