Department of Workers Claims

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The Commonwealth's workers compensation program was established with passage of its second Workers Compensation Act in 1916, which was itself a "reform" of the 1914 version that was found unconstitutional. Since its inception, the workers compensation program has had the core purpose of expeditiously delivering wage replacement income benefits and medical services to employees who have been disabled by industrial accidents. The Workers Compensation Act has undergone gradual evolution as well as revolutionary changes in 1987, 1994, and 1996. The larger workers compensation "system" encompasses 1.7 million Kentucky workers employed by 80,000 businesses. Covered workers incur approximately 66,000 reportable injuries per year.