Worker’s Compensation Laws were introduced for the first time in United States in the early 1900‘s and they were modeled after 19th century European laws. By 1920, most states had adopted similar laws and in 1948 Mississippi became the last state to adopt such laws.
Worker’s Compensation Laws eliminated lengthy and expensive trials were the burden of proof was on the employee and removed a source of financial uncertainty for the employer. Each states has its own requirements concerning the coverage factors such as:
- minimum number of employees
- length of employment
- familial relationship
- self-employed workers and others.