A brief history of workers’ compensation

Unlike many of the social programs to protect workers that were enacted following the Great Depression, the first workers' compensation laws were adopted in most states between 1911 and 1920.

Although many of the original workers' compensation laws look different from today's laws, they both are based on the premise that workers who are injured on the job should be compensated for medical payments and any lost income. In many cases, workers could collect about two-thirds of their normal income.

Before workers' compensation laws were adopted, workers injured in the workplace could sue the employer on the basis of negligence liability. However, many of these cases were ruled in favor of the employer.

If you believe you deserve workers' compensation, contact the Iowa workers' compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.

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