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Welcome to the WILG
WILG is the national non-profit membership organization dedicated to representing the interests of millions of workers and their families who each year, suffer the consequences of work-related injuries or occupational illnesses and who need expert legal assistance to obtain medical care and other relief under workers’ compensation programs. WILG is a network of like-minded advocates for workers’ rights, sharing information and knowledge, a sense of commitment to help each other and our clients.
Workers’ compensation laws were enacted over 100 years ago in the United States as a then novel approach to dealing with the costs associated with workplace injuries and deaths. Known as “The Grand Bargain” employers are required to provide at their own cost, workers’ compensation coverage for job related injuries, diseases and death, without regard to fault of the parties. In exchange for this rather broad coverage, employers cannot under almost all circumstances, be held liable for common law civil or tort damages.
Each state has its own version of workers’ compensation as does the Federal Government for its workers and other types of employment, such as claims under the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act, or the Jones Act, for employees injured at sea.
The general foundation of a claim is that the injury or disease must arise out of and in the course of employment. However simple these terms may be, navigating the law of workers’ compensation can at times be complex. In addition, other sources of benefits such as Social Security Disability, Long Term Disability, Medicare, the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and others require a particular brand of expertise.
We at WILG advocate for the rights of injured workers through education, communication, legislative advocacy and, if necessary, litigation before the appropriate workers’ compensation board or commission.
In most states, workers’ compensation is your sole remedy for injuries sustained in the course of your employment. Theoretically, workers’ compensation systems exist to protect the rights of injured workers’ but recent nationwide “reform” initiatives have made navigating the workers’ compensation system harder than ever. Taking the following steps after you are injured will ensure you are doing everything you can to protect your rights and make the workers’ compensation process work as smoothly as possible on your behalf... Click here to continue reading
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