When an employee is a qualified worker within the workers' compensation system, his or her employer is required to pay for workers comp insurance. If the worker is injured on the job, s/he will generally be entitled to collect benefits through workers comp. The workers comp system is designed to remove an employers possible negligence as a factor when deciding whether or not a worker may collect benefits. In exchange for the simplicity of this system, the worker gives up his/her right to file a lawsuit against the employer using the civil court system, even if the employer is partially (or entirely) at fault for the accident itself.
To learn more about workers compensation and what types of benefits are available, refer to the articles and answers in this section.