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  • Getting the Most Out of Your Workers’ Compensation Benefits

    If you were recently injured while performing your job duties, you need to begin the process of filing for workers’ compensation benefits, so you can comfortably recover from your injuries while you are taking time away from work. Oftentimes, people are unfamiliar with the complexities involved in such cases and make mistakes that reduce their ability to get the most out of these vital benefits. ...
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  • Can I File a Lawsuit Against My Employer?

    The workers’ compensation system is designed to prevent workers from suing their employers for injuries sustained on the job. It is also designed to protect employees who might act negligently and inadvertently injure themselves while performing their job duties. As such, it is generally not possible for an injured worker to file a lawsuit against his or her employer for a workplace injury. Of ...
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  • Can I Receive Workers’ Compensation for Repetitive Stress Injuries?

    Generally, when we think of workers’ compensation, we tend to think of accidents or one-time incidents that result in injuries. However, not all workplace injuries occur in a single event. Repetitive stress injuries develop over time and can be just as painful and challenging to recover from. If your job duties caused you to develop a repetitive stress injury, you might be eligible for workers’ ...
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  • What You Should and Should Not Say to a Workers’ Comp Adjuster

    What You Should and Should Not Say to a Workers’ Comp Adjuster After sustaining a workplace accident and beginning the process of filing a workers’ compensation claim, you eventually have a conversation with your employer’s workers’ compensation company. The adjuster you speak to has one primary goal – to minimize the amount of money the insurance company will pay. To accomplish this, he or she ...
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  • How to Prevent Fall Accidents at Work

    Fall accidents are the most common types of accidents that occur and can happen anywhere, at any given time. In fact, fall accidents are reported as the most common cause of workers’ compensation claims and, oftentimes, they are entirely avoidable with better housekeeping and safer practices. To spare workers the painful injuries that are associated with these accidents, employers should take ...
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  • What Does Workers’ Compensation Cover?

    If you recently sustained a workplace injury, you are likely in the process of filing for workers’ compensation benefits to help get you through this difficult time. For many, this is a first-time experience and you might not be aware of what workers’ compensation covers. Below is a list of benefits provided by workers’ compensation insurance for employees who are injured while performing their ...
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  • The Dangers of Returning to Work Too Early After a Workers’ Comp Injury

    Oftentimes, employers want to get their injured employees back to work as soon as possible. Unfortunately, this is generally not in the best interests of the employee for numerous reasons. If you sustained an injury while performing your job duties, it is important to wait until you are fully healed and ready to take on the demands of your job without harming your physical wellbeing or creating ...
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  • How to Prepare for Your Workers’ Compensation Hearing

    If your workers’ compensation claim is being disputed, you might require a formal hearing before a workers’ compensation judge to fight for the benefits you deserve. During your workers’ compensation hearing, a judge will review the evidence in your case and make a decision to award or deny you the benefits you are seeking. It is critical that you are properly prepared for this hearing and ...
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  • What Happens if I am Involved in a Car Accident While Performing My Job Duties

    For many of us, work is not only performed in an office or other worksite. Many occupations require employees to drive as part of their work duties. So what happens when a worker gets injured in an accident while on the road? If you were recently involved in a motor vehicle accident while performing your work duties, you might be wondering what to expect next and if workers’ compensation benefits ...
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  • Who Decides When I Have Reached Maximum Medical Improvement?

    When an employee suffers an injury in the workplace, he or she will likely be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. However, there are several factors that can potentially impact how long you are able to receive these important benefits, such as the length of time it takes for you to recover from your injuries. Of course, the recovery process is not an exact science and no two situations are ...
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  • How to Prepare for Your Independent Medical Examination (IME)

    After you file a workers’ compensation claim, you will likely be asked to attend an independent medical examination (IME) with a doctor who is not your treating physician. This exam can have a major impact on your ability to receive workers’ compensation benefits and, therefore, it is important to properly prepare for it. We have provided a list of tips below that should help you prepare for your ...
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  • What Not to Say to the Independent Medical Examination Doctor

    There are many steps involved in filing a workers’ compensation claim, including an independent medical examination (IME). This appointment can be stressful, especially since the doctor’s findings can make or break your workers’ compensation claim. Before you attend your IME, it is important to understand what you should avoid saying to the doctor conducting your examination to avoid derailing ...
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  • Is it a Good Idea to Settle Your Workers’ Compensation Claim?

    When employees are injured on the job, workers’ compensation benefits help lessen the burden they experience as they take time away from work to recover from their injuries. As long as the injuries occurred within the scope of one’s employment and did not involve willful misconduct, an injured worker would likely be eligible for receiving these benefits. However, while this might sound simple and ...
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  • Why Did My Workers’ Compensation Benefits End?

    Workers’ compensation benefits are crucial for helping injured workers get through their period of recovery while they are out of work, covering a portion of their lost wages and any medical costs related to their injuries. However, if your benefits recently came to an end and you are unsure why, or believe you should continue to receive them, you are likely in search of answers as to why this ...
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  • Employer Retaliation for Filing a Workers’ Comp Claim

    When a worker sustains an injury on the job, he or she has the right to file a workers’ compensation claim to help pay for medical expenses and lost wages. Unfortunately, sometimes an employer might wrongfully retaliate against the employee for exercising this right. This is a violation of the law and, if this happens to you, you have the right to take action against your employer and must seek ...
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