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Who is Eligible?

Generally, you are eligible for workers' compensation benefits if you are employed by the state and receive a state payroll check. Currently this includes almost 70,000 employees of various state departments, agencies and institutions, including persons employed by higher education institutions. Persons not eligible for workers' compensation benefits include anyone who is compensated through a contract with the state.

Compensable Injury

To receive workers' compensation benefits, you must be injured while performing some activity which falls within your scope of employment. In other words, the accident which causes an injury to you must be related to your work. These are referred to as compensable injuries. Examples of compensable injuries include a clerk who strains a shoulder when lifting an archive box or a highway worker who is hit by a car while controlling traffic at a construction site. You should be aware that not all accidents which happen at work will be compensable under the workers' compensation law. What you are doing when the injury occurs may be more important than where you are.

No clear cut definition is available to describe when an injury is or is not compensable. The best advice for all state employees is to perform the duties of your job in a careful manner and to report any conditions in your workplace which are hazardous to the appropriate officials. It is every employee's responsibility to help prevent accidents and to assist in providing a safe workplace.