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Workers compensation insurance

Affordable workers compensation insurance for your business.

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From start-ups to seasoned establishments, we deliver quality workers compensation insurance solutions. 

We spend one-third our lives working so it's understandable that job-site injuries are common. Markel's workers compensation policy offers insurance coverage for expenses resulting from on-the-job injuries and a vast array of safety resources to help reduce the likelihood of accidents from occurring.

Why is workers compensation insurance important?

In almost every state, there are laws requiring certain types of businesses to carry workers compensation insurance. Since it can be expensive and time-consuming to determine whether an injured employee or the employer is “at fault” in a workplace accident, workers compensation laws provide a consistent and fair way to handle the costs and compensation of work-place injuries and occupational diseases.

No matter how many safety precautions are followed in the workplace, unexpected accidents happen and employees can become ill due to workplace conditions. Workers compensation insurance, sometimes referred to as workman's comp or workers comp, helps protect both employees and employers if someone is injured on the job or develops a work-related illness. Examples of workplace injuries that could be covered by workers comp insurance include injuries from lifting heavy objects, slipping and falling, or exposure to chemicals or fires.

What we offer

From small mom and pop shops to larger operations, a Markel workers compensation policy may provide coverage for lost wages and benefits, medical care and rehabilitation services, legal representation and compliance services, and funeral expenses.

Flexible payment plans
Maximize your cashflow with our flexible payment options including PayGo, a pay-as-you go payment option with $0 down payment required.

Experienced loss control specialists
Our loss control team has over 60 years of combined experience providing tailored solutions to help protect businesses in the industries we serve.

Responsive claims team
Our claims team strives to contact the injured worker and policy holder within 24 hours of a claim being reported.

Dedicated customer service team
Our in-house customer service team is ready to save you time with claims, audits, billing, and more. 

Markel can offer workers compensation insurance for many different businesses, Including but not limited to:

  • Automotive
  • Bakery
  • Barber shop/beauty salon
  • Brewery
  • Child care
  • Contractors
  • Country club/golf clubs
  • Florists
  • Grocery stores
  • Health and fitness clubs
  • Hotels
  • Janitorial services
  • Lawn care services
  • Manufacturing
  • Offices
  • Professional services
  • Restaurants
  • Retail shops
  • Frequently asked questions about workers compensation insurance

    How much does workers compensation cost?
    The cost of workers compensation coverage varies based on a variety of factors, such as the state that the business is located in, average payroll, number of employees, and type of business. It is important for businesses to accurately represent payroll totals so that the right amount of coverage can be provided. Premium audits are regularly performed by insurance companies to make sure that the employer is not paying too much or too little for their coverage.

    How does workers compensation insurance work?
    Workers compensation is paid by the business owner or employer. Workers compensation insurance costs are not shared between the employer and employee, like some health insurance costs are.

    There are two central parts to the workers compensation agreement:

    • No matter who is at fault, the cost of the injury is always charged to the employer. This avoids the need for lengthy court proceedings.
    • If an employee is receiving workers compensation benefits from an employer for a work-related injury, the employee cannot sue the employer for the same work-related injury.

    A workers compensation policy provides the employer with two types of coverage:

    • Workers compensation covers the compensation and other benefits required by each state’s workers compensation laws.
    • Employers liability covers the employer for legally obligated sums, subject to policy limits.

    Why does the employer need employers liability insurance?
    Because workers compensation does not cover all employment situations. There are also exempt employments, illegal employments, and non-compensable injuries. An employee who falls into one of these categories may sue the employer directly.

    How are workers compensation claims handled?
    Markel understands the needs and wants of small business owners. We train our claims professionals to recognize the unique obstacles that a workplace injury can bring to a small business so they can help educate our policyholders to make the claims process as smooth as possible.

    Each claims examiner is specifically trained in their specific state's laws and procedures. This allows the examiner to create claim resolution strategies for each individual state. This knowledge and experience allows us to better serve our policyholders in each state.

    Markel's workers compensation claims staff includes specialized units and features that help injured or ill workers recover quickly and return to work safely.

    • Dedicated catastrophic claims unit - for severe and complex claims
    • Special investigation unit - to protect against fraudulent claims
    • Prescription management program - a fast and convenient way to get needed prescriptions, billed directly to Markel
    • Medical bill cost management program - to reduce unfounded and unnecessary charges and maintain low medical costs
    • Medical case management - to provide on-the-ground care for severe and complex injuries

    Need to report an injury or file a claim? You can file a claim online or call +1.888.500.3344.

    What is not covered by workers comp insurance?
    To receive workers compensation benefits, the injury or illness must have occurred due to a work-related event. If an employee is injured outside of their normal work duties, such as during their commute to work, these injuries would not be covered by the workers comp policy.

    Other common exclusions include intentional injuries, injuries due to intoxication or substance abuse, or voluntary recreational activities at work. Be sure to read the entire policy and talk to an insurance agent to understand what is covered.

    Do sole proprietors need workers compensation insurance?
    Sole proprietors may not need to carry workers compensation insurance if they have no employees, depending on the state they are doing business in. But if a sole proprietor has people that do work for them, even if they don't pay them with a W-2 form, they may be considered an employee according to the law. Be sure to check the state regulations specifically for sole proprietors, because laws can vary by state.

    What are the workers comp laws in my state?
    State laws define which types of workers are covered by a workers compensation policy. Certain types of employees such as seasonal workers, contractors, and volunteers may not be covered in some states. Be sure to read the policy documents and talk a local insurance agent to understand the limitations of any policy.

    How is workers compensation insurance different than liability insurance?
    While workers compensation protects a business if they are liable for an injury or illness that an employee is faced with, other types of liability insurance protect the business if they are sued by other people – such as a client, a neighboring business, or a visitor to the workplace. Learn more about commercial general liability insurance and professional liability insurance to understand what coverages are available to small businesses. 

Get the protection you deserve.

Submit an online application or contact one of our appointed Markel agents to get a quote today.

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