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Dealing with the reams of paperwork generated by a worker's compensation claim or personal injury lawsuit wouldn't be easy for someone who doesn't know about this type of law. Most people who are filing these claims have been seriously injured in an accident and aren't in the best of health. Having an attorney file your disability claim or lawsuit can help clear matters up, but sometimes it seems like they're speaking a foreign language, too. Understanding basic legal terms is critical for insuring that your rights are observed after an accident or injury that wasn't your fault. Here are some terms you're likely to hear when filing this type of claim with an insurance company or employer.

  • Alternative Work - In many cases injured workers are temporarily reassigned to another position until they are well enough to return to their old work. This is an option that allows lawyers to help their workers without having to compensate them through disability benefits.
  • Disability - A medical condition that prevents a worker from doing the same work he or she did before their injury. An injured worker in this situation may be compensated by his or her employer, or the government, with permanent benefits.
  • Occupational Therapy - A form of physical rehabilitation that helps injury victims learn to basic tasks such as teeth brushing and getting dressed. It is not, training to help a worker relearn his or her former work.
  • Social Security Disability Insurance - This government funded compensation is what your personal injury attorney is working towards. It's a lifelong benefit that is a lifeline to injured workers.
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    Ingerman & Horwitz
    20 Park Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201
    Founded in 1990, Ingerman & Horwitz, LLP is a Baltimore Personal Injury Law Firm recognized throughout Maryland for their commitment to getting justice for the injured.
    (410) 539-1200
    Greenberg lawyers
    6 E. Biddle Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
    Free consultation. Call Greenberg lawyers to work with Baltimore Personal Injury Attorneys on Maryland accident claims. Call us on 410.539.5250
    (888) 529-9654
    Law Offices of Snider and Associates
    600 Reisterstown Road, 7th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21208
    We are a full-service law firm concentrating in the areas of Plaintiff-side employment discrimination hearings and appeals.
    (410) 653-9060
    Jenkins Block & Associates, PC
    1040 Park Ave Ste 206, Baltimore, MD 21201
    (410) 727-4000
    Law Offices of Snider and Associates
    600 Reisterstown Rd Ste 601, Pikesville, MD 21208
    (410) 653-9060
    Zimmerman, Pfannebecker, Nuffort & Albert, LLP
    100 E State St, Quarryville, PA 17566
    (717) 786-8335
    Cochran and Chhabra, LLC
    116 B Cathedral Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
    Free consultation. Call Cochran & Chhabra, LLC, to work with Annapolis personal injury attorneys on Maryland accident claims: 410.268.5515."
    (888) 268-5515
    Pyfer Straub Gray & Farhat
    2801 Willow Street Pike N, Willow Street, PA 17584
    (717) 464-5900
    Korsak Joseph C
    33 N Queen St, York, PA 17403
    (717) 854-3175
    Austin Law Firm LLC
    226 E Market St Ste 2, York, PA 17403
    (717) 846-2246
    Michael A Vanesse Attorney
    212 N Queen St, Lancaster, PA 17603
    (717) 299-3726
    Katherman Briggs & Greenberg
    2173 Embassy Dr, Lancaster, PA 17603
    Our personal injury attorneys are all experienced litigators that can help you or a loved one with the financial burdens, physical pain and emotional toll caused by an unexpected personal injury.
    (717) 397-9700
    Wayne F. Green, Attorney at Law, P.C.
    2173 Embassy Dr Ste 375, Lancaster, PA 17603
    (717) 431-3095
    Law Offices of William C
    2137 Embassy Dr Ste 117, Lancaster, PA 17603
    (717) 299-5453
    Linda F Gerencser Atty
    2137 Embassy Dr, Lancaster, PA 17603
    (717) 299-5453

    What merits a workers’ compensation claim? Let’s say you are working in a warehouse and you are injured by equipment, this is cause for a workers’ compensation claim. When you are injured while traveling to a location on a work errand and you are still on the clock for your employer, then this is also a workers’ compensation issue. Workers’ compensation claims can be for a cut finger in a commercial kitchen while working or a chemical accident in a lab during a work day. A worker can return to the same workplace after medical attention if he or she does not suffer permanent disability. Judges overseeing the case will inquire if the injury has truly hindered the individual’s ability to work. The company may compensate for the days of work missed and such insurance may pay for emergency medical treatment and rehabilitation. Sometimes employers terminate employees as retaliation for the claim. So even after companies compensate the injured person, they may break labor law. Here are some terms to help you communicate with your attorney.

  • Apportionment – A method of determining the amount of permanent disability caused by your personal injury at work versus the contribution of your pre-existing medical conditions.
  • Commutation – When a workers’ compensation judge orders the employer to pay a lumps sum for your permanent disability reparation.
  • Cumulative injury – Personal injury at work caused by recurring events and exposure instead of a single accident.
  • Discrimination Claim – If the employer harasses you or terminates you because of the filing of workers’ compensation claims. An attorney can defend you because this is against labor law.
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