In most of the United States, small business owners are given the impression that the mandated workers’ compensation coverage each of the 50 states requires will take care of workplace accidents and injuries incurred by employees. While it’s true that this coverage helps with medical expenses and lost wages employees suffer due to an injury on the job, it’s not necessarily true that it is complete coverage. There’s also occupational accident coverage, and for many businesses it is essential. Occupational hazard insurance covers employees not covered by traditional workers’ compensation plans, and in some cases may provide some protection when contractors have employees operating at your site.
Differences Between Occupational Accident and Workers Compensation Plans
Hazard insurance for employees and workers tends to be less expensive than workers’ compensation with similar provisions, but there is a major difference between the two. Occupational accident plans do not cover legal costs, just the medical costs and associated losses like lost wages. This makes the coverage less expensive, but it does leave employers with a big financial risk if they are sued in the course of a claim. This coverage also has policy limits agreed upon when it is bought, and expenses beyond those limits may be the responsibility of the employer. When choosing one policy over the other, it’s important to know exactly what your options and risks are so you can decide between one of the two forms of coverage or the use of both.