Workers’ Compensation provides assistance to employees around America. Today, the idea of not receiving payment and/or benefits after being hurt on the job and no longer able to work is unfathomable. Luckily, that isn’t the world we live in today. Now Americans have workers’ comp, a National Labor Holiday, a standard eight-hour work day, and even over-time if we work on holidays.
Our National Labor Holiday, Labor Day, is commonly thought of as a day that exists to give you another excuse to have a cookout with your family, friends, and neighbors. It’s a day associated with being off work, a day spent at home with your family or sleeping in. It’s not often you hear anyone talk about how Labor Day came to be or the tragic events that led to its creation.
The History of Labor Day
This infamous parade in 1882 in New York City began with just a few brave workers that didn’t mind sacrificing a day of pay to stand for something they believed in. The number of people gathering rapidly grew as word quickly spread. What started as a few people became 10,000 people marching on what is now referred to as, “A Day of the People.”
This parade existed to recognize the under-appreciated and overworked American. It took place on a Monday because one of the most prestigious and important labor unions, the Knights of Labor, were in New York City at that time. The idea of celebrating workers with annual festivities quickly took off, though it was quite some time before it was recognized as a National Labor Holiday.
International Worker’s Day
From peaceful to tragedy in a matter of moments, violence quickly ensued at the once peaceful protest. Workers assembled together a peaceful group to protest the unfair working conditions. A bomb was thrown at the protestors, killing a police officer and injuring several others. This ill-fated protest will later be dubbed The Haymarket Affair.
This peaceful protest gone wrong eventually opened the eyes of people all around the country, and gained the attention of President Grover Cleveland. He recognized the importance of the United States workforce and believed that workers deserved to be treated fairly. This led to the official creation of the International Workers’ Day, and the later conception of workers’ comp.
Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance employers use to help prevent a lawsuit against them in the event an employee is injured in the workplace. Workers’ comp issues wage replacement to injured employees and may cover the cost of medical bills from these injuries.
Workers’ Comp, however, generally doesn’t cover punitive damages due to employer negligence or for general pain or suffering.
Nashville Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Injuries in the work place happen all the time, but there’s help getting the compensation you readily deserve. Recently had an injury and don’t know what to do? If you are the victim of a work related injury and need legal guidance or assistance, contact your Nashville workers’ compensation attorney, Mitch Grissim & Associates for help.