Prior to the creation of workers? compensation, employees were left with few options if they suffered an injury on the job. They could try and negotiate a settlement with their employer, or they could file a lawsuit. Under the first option, they depended on the generosity of their employer. Under the second system, it could take years before they saw a payout. To remedy this problem, workers? compensation was invented. This post will go over the creation of workers? compensation and why it was needed.