workers’ compensation.A system of providing benefits to an employee for injuries occurring in the scope of employment. • Most workers’-compensation statutes both hold the employer strictly liable and bar the employee from suing the employer in tort. — Abbr. WC. — Also termed workmen’s compensation; employers’ liability. [Cases: Workers’ Compensation 11.C.J.S. Workmen’s Compensation §§ 11–19.]
“Workers’ compensation laws were designed to provide employees with expansive protection against the consequences of employment-related injuries. Injured workers no longer had to establish negligence attributable to their employer in order to obtain legal redress. They merely had to demonstrate that their conditions arose out of and during the course of their employment.” Mark A. Rothstein et al., Employment Law § 7.3, at 406 (1994).
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