Workers Compensation - An Outline of Issues
                                     
I.  What are Worker Compensation Laws?  What Sort of Relief Do 
    They Provide?  1) medical payments; 2) income replacement and 
    rehab, 3) death benefits, 4) lump sum benefits

II.  What are the Purposes of Worker Compensation Laws?

     1.  adequate income to maintain body, soul, and family,
     2.  rehabilitation
     3.  system of delivery of disability benefits
     4.  prevention of disability

III. Is Workers Comp federal or state?  What difference does it 
     make and what are the implications?

IV.  What led to the need for Workers Compensation Laws, and why 
     was the need less in earlier times?

V.   Prior to Workers Compensation how could disabled seek relief 
     from employment related disabilities?

VI.  How did employers defend themselves against such suits?
     1.  fellow servant doctrine,  2. assumption of risk  
     doctrine, 3. contributory negligence doctrine.

VII. Workers Compensation laws seem a large burden to employers.  
     Why did they not use their lobbyists to defeat this legislation?
     Quid pro quo

VIII. What sort of disabilities or injuries are covered?
      Those arising in the course of employment

IX.   What sort of injuries are not covered?
      1.  Acts of God and  2. Other Non - work related injuries

X.   This is a no-fault insurance plan.  What does that mean?

XI.  Have Worker's Compensation laws achieved their goals?

XII. Both Workers Compensation and OSHA govern health  and 
     safety.  What are the major differences in their approaches 
     to safety?

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