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Why Do You Need Workers’ Compensation Insurance?

Workers’ compensation insurance helps your employees recover from work-related injuries or illnesses so they can get back to work faster.
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What Is Workers’ Compensation Insurance Coverage?

Workers’ compensation insurance, also known as workman’s comp or workers’ comp, gives your employees benefits if they get injured or become ill from their job. These benefits can help:
  • Cover their medical care and medical treatment
  • Replace most of their lost wages if they take time off from work to recover
  • Provide disability benefits
  • Give death benefits, like helping pay for a funeral if they lose their life in a work accident or from a job-related illness
Workers’ comp also has benefits for you, the small business owner. It includes liability insurance coverage. So, if your business faces lawsuits from injured workers or their families, workers’ comp can help pay for your legal costs.
You aim to run your business as safely as possible. However, no matter what you do, workplace accidents can occur and employees can get sick from their work. If these situations happen, you’ll want peace of mind knowing your small business is covered. At The Hartford, we’ve helped protect businesses with business insurance for over 200 years. So, if the unexpected happens, we’ve got your back and we’re here to help protect you, your employees and your small business.

How Does Workers’ Compensation Work?

Workers’ compensation protects employees. If one of your employees gets injured on the job or sick from their work, workers’ compensation gives them benefits to help them recover. It can help protect your workers if they:
  • Trip walking up the stairs in your office
  • Develop carpal tunnel syndrome from poor typing habits
  • Get hurt in a car accident while visiting a client
It can also help pay to train your employees for new roles if they can’t return to their old roles. And, if they can’t return to work at all, workers’ compensation coverage can provide long-term disability benefits.
Be aware that most states require employers to carry workers’ compensation coverage. Laws vary by state and can include exclusions for certain types of employees. For example, workers classified as federal employees get coverage through a program administered by the Department of Labor.
We’ve designed our programs to support small businesses and we’re here to help promote your employees’ safety and well-being, helping them return to work as soon as possible.

The Advantages of Workers’ Comp From The Hartford Include:

Your employees have access to over 1 million providers experienced in treating workplace injuries.
Your employees have access to more than 65,000 U.S. pharmacies to fill a prescription, usually with no out-of-pocket expenses, plus convenient mail-order service.
If your worker gets hurt with a needle, this helps cover medical expenses and pays for the initial testing of your employee and their patient. It can also reimburse your employee for additional testing.
Highly experienced nurse case managers work with your employees to help coordinate healthcare and treatment. They can also help with physical, emotional and occupational therapies.
According to our policy data, most of our customers with less than $300,000 in payroll pay an average of $70 a month for workers’ compensation insurance.

How Much Is Workers’ Compensation Insurance?

According to our policy data, most of our customers with less than $300,000 in payroll pay an average of $70 a month for workers’ compensation insurance.
Average Monthly Workers' Compensation Cost for The Hartford's Customers:1
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An insurance company uses different factors to come up with workers’ comp rates. This can include your business’:
  • Payroll
  • Industry
  • Employees’ type of work
  • Claims history
The National Council on Compensation Insurance assigns classification codes based on the type of job workers do. If your business has a history of claims, this could increase your cost for coverage.
You can use this formula to estimate your workers’ comp insurance cost:
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Don’t forget that this is a simplified formula to help you calculate coverage costs. If you’re wondering how to get workers’ compensation insurance, we can help. Getting a workers’ comp quote is the best way to find out how much coverage will cost your business.
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What’s Your State’s Workers’ Comp Law?

Workers’ compensation law varies by state. Select a state using the map or dropdown menu and learn about its workers’ compensation system. Or browse all states workers’ comp insurance coverages.

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Last Updated: February 1, 2022
1 Premium amounts presented are based on monthly premium paid by The Hartford’s Small Business customers between 1/1/21 and 12/31/21 for 12 month policies. Premium is derived from a number of factors specific to your business and may vary.
** This is a simplified calculation for educational purposes only. Actual premium calculations can be more complex. Experience mods are subject to state requirements and do not apply to every policy.
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The Hartford shall not be liable for any damages in connection with the use of any information provided on this page. Please consult with your insurance agent/broker or insurance company to determine specific coverage needs as this information is intended to be educational in nature.
The information contained on this page should not be construed as specific legal, HR, financial, or insurance advice and is not a guarantee of coverage. In the event of a loss or claim, coverage determinations will be subject to the policy language, and any potential claim payment will be determined following a claim investigation.
Certain coverages vary by state and may not be available to all businesses. All Hartford coverages and services described on this page may be offered by one or more of the property and casualty insurance company subsidiaries of The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. In TX, this insurance is written by Sentinel Insurance Company, Ltd., Hartford Casualty Insurance Company, Hartford Lloyd’s Insurance Company, Property and Casualty Insurance Company of Hartford, Hartford Underwriters Insurance Company, Twin City Fire Insurance Company, Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company and Hartford Fire Insurance Company. In Arizona, New Hampshire, Washington and California, the insurance is underwritten by Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company, Hartford Casualty Insurance Company, Hartford Fire Insurance Company, Hartford Insurance Company of Illinois, Hartford Insurance Company of the Midwest, Hartford Lloyd’s Insurance Company, Hartford Underwriters Insurance Company, Maxum Casualty Insurance Company, Maxum Indemnity Company, Navigators Insurance Company, Navigators Specialty Insurance Company, Pacific Insurance Company, Property and Casualty Insurance Company of Hartford, Sentinel Insurance Company, Ltd., Trumbull Insurance Company and Twin City Fire Insurance Company. The Hartford® is The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries, including Hartford Fire Insurance Company.
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