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Compensation laws are designed to ensure that employees who are
injured or disabled on the job are provided with fixed monetary
awards, eliminating the need for litigation.
also provide benefits for dependents of those workers who are
killed because of work-related accidents or illnesses. Some laws
also protect employers and fellow workers by limiting the amount
an injured employee can recover from an employer and by
eliminating the liability of co-workers in most accidents.
State Workers Compensation statutes establish this framework for
most employment. Federal statutes are limited to federal
employees or those workers employed in some significant aspect
of interstate commerce.
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