Workers’ Compensation Elements in Different Jurisdictions in the United States

Over the decades, the workers’ compensation system has provided many injured workers with a significant guarantee of both medical and financial support when they have been injured on the job. To be effective, workers’ compensation systems at a minimum should include principles that require the addressing of medical causation, determination of an individual’s functional ability both pre- and post-injury to include activity restrictions, return-to-work capability and disability, meeting jurisdiction-specific reporting requirements of the workers’ compensation reporting requirements, and having knowledge of other perspectives of the various authorities and jurisdictions present in the United States. ACOEM lays out a description of various aspects of workers’ compensations systems in the United States, with recommendations for minimal standards and best practices.
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