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What is Workers Compensation Insurance?

Workers compensation insurance is a type of coverage that protects employees in the event of work-related injuries or illnesses. It can help cover medical costs, rehabilitation expenses, and a portion of lost wages while an employee is unable to work. In the unfortunate event of an employee's death, workers compensation insurance can provide benefits to the deceased's family.

Why Choose SMD Insurance?

At SMD Insurance, we understand that every business is unique and requires a tailored approach. Our experienced team is committed to helping you understand your insurance needs, providing customized solutions that protect your business and employees, while also complying with California's state laws.

Expert Guidance

Our team of seasoned professionals will guide you through the process of obtaining workers compensation insurance, ensuring that your policy meets your specific business needs and legal requirements. We'll help you understand the nuances of workers compensation, from coverage limits to claim procedures.

Customized Solutions

We don't believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. At SMD Insurance, we take the time to understand your business, assess your risks, and provide a tailored insurance solution that offers optimal protection.

Affordable Rates

We work with a wide network of top-rated insurance providers, which allows us to offer competitive rates. Our goal is to provide you with the best possible coverage at the most affordable price.

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Our commitment to customer service sets us apart. From your initial consultation through to claims assistance, we're here to support you every step of the way.

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Important Reminder: Annual OSHA Form 300A Posting Begins February 1

Employers with 11 or more employees throughout the calendar year are required to post OSHA Form 300A from February 1 through April 30 unless you qualify as an exempt low-risk industry. List of low risk industries can be found here.

The OSHA Form 300A is a summary of incidents listed on your OSHA Form 300 log and must be posted even if you have no recordable incidents.

The OSHA Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (Form 300), Summary (Form 300A), and Instructions can be found at here.

Form 300A Electronic Submission Required for Certain Employers by March 2

Employers must submit their 2023 Form 300A data to OSHA if they have 250 or more employees or have 20–249 employees and are in certain high-risk industries. Employers must send this data electronically, using OSHA’s online Injury Tracking Application (ITA). The deadline to submit the report is March 2 for the prior calendar year's forms.

The electronic reporting requirements are based on the size of the establishment (how many employees are at the physical location), not how many employees are in the entire company.

Employers that are covered by a State Plan that has not yet adopted its own state rule must also use the ITA to send their data electronically.

Employers that meet any of the following criteria DO NOT have to send their Form 300A information to OSHA:

  • Employers that are exempt from OSHA’s routine recordkeeping requirements, as mentioned above.
  • Employers that never had 20 or more employees during the previous calendar year, regardless of industry.
  • Employers that had between 20 and 249 employees at some point during the previous calendar year but are NOT on this list of high-risk industries.

Additional information, FAQs, and the Injury Tracking Application can be found on OSHA’s ITA page.

Many states require businesses to have workers' compensation insurance. But even if your area doesn't demand it, it's still a smart idea to have coverage. Workers' compensation insurance can help protect your business if an employee is injured on the job. An insurance professional can work with you to find the best coverage for your business.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Workers Compensation Insurance Coverage?

Workers' compensation insurance is a policy that provides benefits to employees who are injured or become ill as a result of their job. Benefits can include medical expenses, income replacement, and death benefits.

Who Needs Workers' Compensation Insurance?

In most states, businesses are required to have workers' comp insurance. However, there are a few states that do not need coverage. Even if your state doesn't require it, it's still a good idea to have workers' comp insurance.

What Are the Three Types of Workers Compensation Insurance?

There are three types of workers' compensation insurance: statutory, voluntary, and self-insurance.

  1. Statutory workers' compensation insurance is coverage that is required by law. Most businesses in the United States are required to have this type of coverage.
  2. Voluntary workers' compensation insurance is not required by law but is offered by some employers.
  3. Self-insurance is coverage purchased by the business owner instead of getting it through an insurance company. This type of coverage is not common, but it is available.

Who Pays for Workers' Compensation Benefits?

The injured employee usually receives benefits from workers' compensation insurance. The employer most often pays for the policies.

Do Employees Pay Deductibles for Workers Comp Insurance?

Employees don't pay deductibles for workers' compensation insurance. The employer pays the premiums for the policy, and the employees are covered under the policy. However, with self-insurance, such as self-employment, the business owner pays the premiums and is protected.

What Are the Benefits of Workers' Compensation Insurance?

Workers' comp insurance provides several benefits to employees injured on the job. These benefits can include:

  1. Medical expenses - An insurance policy will help cover the cost of medical treatment for an employee injured at work. This coverage can include doctor visits, hospital stays, and prescription drugs.
  2. Income replacement - If an employee is unable to work because of an injury, workers' compensation insurance can help replace some of their lost income.
  3. Death benefits - If an employee dies as a result of an on-the-job injury, workers' compensation insurance can provide death benefits to the employee's family.

Do All Injuries at Work Get Coverage?

Most on-the-job accidents go through a workers' compensation claim, which is a process where the insurance company and the employer work together to provide benefits to the employee. However, some injuries might not be covered. For example, injuries happen while the employee is on their lunch break or injured outside of work.

Can an Employee Sue the Employer If They Are Injured at Work?

Employees cannot sue their employers if they have coverage if they are injured on the job. Workers' compensation insurance is the only way to get benefits for an injury that happens at work in states that require a policy.

Can an Employee Get Workers' Compensation if Injured on the Way to Work?

In some states, an employee is covered if they are injured on the way to work. The insurance company will need to date when the accident happened and where it happened. However, not all accidents that happen on the way to work are covered.

Can an Employee Sue the Insurance Company If They Are Denied Benefits?

If an employee is denied benefits, they might be able to sue the insurance company. However, this can be a difficult process, and it's important to have an attorney who specializes in workers' compensation law.

Why Use an Insurance Agent?

An insurance agent can help you find the best workers' compensation insurance policy for your business. They can also help you with other types of insurance, such as property insurance and liability insurance. An agent can also help you file a workers' compensation claim if an employee is injured on the job.

Find Out More About Insurance Coverage for Your Employees

Workers' compensation insurance is an important policy for businesses to have. It provides benefits to employees who are injured on the job. SMD Insurance can help businesses find the best workers' compensation policy for their needs. Contact us today to get started!

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