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Are there ways around the workers' compensation exclusivity rule?

Workers' compensation in West Virginia is like that in most states in that except for narrowly-defined exceptions it is intended to be the sole remedy available to employees who are hurt on the job. This intention is generally known as the "exclusivity rule." There exist, however, some situations in which an employee can seek to go outside of workers' compensation, which this post will address below.

New West Virginia law restricts workers’ compensation lawsuits

Many workers’ compensation claims are difficult to win without the assistance of an attorney. In many cases, the employer and its insurer try to avoid, or at least reduce, their liability in workplace accidents. Workers’ compensation claims can be costly to employers, but the costs are justified when their employees are injured on the job and require medical care and assistance with living expenses during their time off work.

The deadliest construction injuries

Construction is one of the biggest industries in West Virginia and the rest of the country. But, it is also one of the deadliest. In 2013, about 20 percent of all workplace injuries in America resulting in a fatality were in the construction industry. There are four main causes of these deaths, each of which is preventable.

Background checks to prevent elder abuse to begin by 2016

When you go to the bank and deposit your hard-earned money, you have some expectation that your bank has carefully screened any employees it has hired to ensure that they won’t mismanage your money or steal it. But what if an applicant had embezzled money and even served prison time in another state but the bank only checked to see if he or she had any criminal record in West Virginia? Would you feel that your money was secure?

We know workers' compensation, so you do not have to learn it

Being injured in an accident on the job can be stressful in multiple ways. There is the work-related injury or illness itself, which can be painful, life-altering, and of uncertain duration. There is the stress of trying to reconfigure your household budget if your income replacement benefits do not match what you were making while you were still on the job.


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