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The Kentucky Workers' Compensation Act and House Bill 2

Workers' compensation laws evolved during the late 1800s with the Second Industrial Revolution as railroad mileage tripled. Coal mining and steel production grew exponentially. Work-related injuries often resulted in death or disfigurement, and those who survived were often unable to seek redress through the court due to antiquated common law rules. In an effort to protect railway employees, Congress passed the Federal Employers Liability Act in 1908, and states developed their own regulations as well. Kentucky's Workers' Compensation Act was passed in 1916, and has evolved over the years, most recently with House Bill 2.

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