Workmen Compensation

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The Workmen’s Compensation Act offers compensation to workers and their dependents in case of injury or accident that may arise out of and in the course of employment resulting in disability or death. It helps an employer to cover the legal liabilities, which may arise when one of its workers meets with an accident at the job place. Besides, it protects the employer from incurring heavy financial obligations. The other name for it is  Employer’s Liability Insurance. The policy also provides compensation awarded to employees as decided by the worker courts.

Hence, the policy benefits both the employer and employee by providing compensation and also covering the liability of the employer towards employees under the common law.

Inclusions of the worker compensation policy

The worker’s compensation covers the following events

  • Death
  • Permanent total disablement
  • Permanent partial disablement
  • Temporary disablement
  • Legal costs incurred if any

All people employed as per the Schedule II of the Act are provided coverage under this policy. Workers in mines, factories, construction sites, and various other hazardous occupations are also covered by the act.

Additional Read: Implication of Workmen’s Compensation Act 1923, Factories Act 1948, on a business owner

Case Study

A 30-year-old Rajiv Shukla lost his right hand after his glove caught under a fast-moving machine in a manufacturing unit where he was working. Due to the accident, he permanently lost his one hand and source of income as well. Being the eldest in a family of three, including a wife, daughter and father, the family’s future was in the dark. The case went to the worker courts which decided that compensation was due. The owner of the manufacturing unit had to compensate the victim. The owner had bought a workmen’s compensation policy and this accident was covered under the Workmen’s Compensation Act. The insurance policy coverage provided for the compensation benefit. Though family loss is impossible to compensate for the insurance policy helps in curtailing the financial impact. In the case of Rajiv, the family got compensation which helped in covering the loss of income.

Hence, we first need to understand the workmen’s compensation policy and its benefits and then buy a suitable policy. The financial impact of not choosing this insurance can be severe. That’s why you must take expert advice, compare insurance quotes and choose the best insurance company for your WC policy.

About The Author

Rahul Kumar 

MBA Finance

With a wealth of experience in the insurance industry, Rahul is a seasoned writer specializing in articles related to workmen compensation policies (WC policies) for SecureNow. With 12 years of experience in the field, he has acquired in-depth knowledge and expertise in workmen compensation insurance, understanding its complexities and nuances. Their insightful articles provide valuable insights into the importance of WC policies for businesses and employees alike, offering practical advice and guidance on navigating the intricacies of insurance coverage. Trust him to deliver informative and engaging content, backed by years of experience and a passion for educating readers about insurance-related topics.