How Do Disability Ratings Work for Workers Compensation?

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We think you may find this article helpful… By Sachi Barreiro    “A disability rating is one of the most important parts of your workers’ compensation case. It determines whether you’ll receive permanent disability benefits and in what amount. Permanent disability benefits usually make up the bulk of a workers’ comp settlement or award. When Are Disability Ratings Assigned? When …

What to Expect at the End of a Workers’ Comp Settlement

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We think you may find this article helpful… By Samantha Kemp “When a current or former employer wants to close his workers’ comp case to receive more upfront funds or take control of his own medical care, he may agree to settle his claim. A lawyer often helps with this process to ensure that his rights are carried out. Unfortunately, …

Workers’ Comp Screening Has Its Risks as Well as Rewards

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We think you may find this article helpful… By Fay Hansen “With a prolonged hiring slump still dogging many industries, employment screening vendors are expanding their offerings and promoting new services to boost business. A number of vendors, such as LexisNexis, HireSafe and TalentWise, now include a review of workers’ compensation claims to their list of tools that employers can …

When an Auto Accident is Covered by Workers’ Compensation

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We think you may find this article helpful… By David Landers When is a car accident covered by workers’ compensation, and what are your claim options?        Each year our country sees an increasing number of cars on its roads and highways. And with more and more people spending more time in their cars for work-related reasons, it …

Are Workers’ Comp Benefits Taxable?

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We think you may find this article helpful… By Aaron Hotfelder         Workers’ compensation benefits are not normally considered taxable income at the state or federal level. The lone exception arises when an individual also receives disability benefits through Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). In some cases, the Social Security Administration (SSA) may …

Wrongfully Terminated Due to Retaliation & Whistleblowing in North Carolina

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We think you may find this article helpful… By Lisa Guerin Were you fired from your job in North Carolina because you complained about illegal behavior or asserted your legal rights? If so, you may have a claim for wrongful termination. Federal and North Carolina employment laws prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who exercise their workplace rights under these …

Why Would an Employer Dispute a Workers’ Comp Claim?

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We think you may find this article helpful… By Lindsey Shafar The answer to why an employer would dispute a workers’ comp claim is simple and boils down to a single five letter word: money. Like any other type of insurance product, employers pay premiums to provide workers’ compensation benefits to workers (in most states, this is mandatory). Premium amounts …

Can You Get Fired for Filing a Worker’s Compensation Claim?

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We think you may find this article helpful… By Christopher Coble If you’ve been injured on the job and thought about filing a worker’s compensation claim, you may have worried about how that could affect your employment. Could your boss fire you for filing a worker’s compensation claim? The short answer is no: Most states make it illegal to retaliate against …

Types of Workers Compensation Benefits

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We think you may find this article helpful… By Marianne Bonner The types of benefits injured employees receive under workers compensation laws are relatively consistent from state to state. Most states provide medical coverage, disability benefits, rehabilitation, and death benefits. As this article will explain, however, the manner in which benefits are provided and managed varies widely. Medical Coverage A basic element of workers …

Employee is Fired – Can He Still Get Comp Benefits?

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We think you may find this article helpful… by Kristen Beckman An employee who injured his back at work is entitled to workers compensation temporary total disability benefits even though he was fired for misconduct, an Indiana appeals court ruled. Douglas Waid was employed as a production associate for Jasper, Indiana-based Masterbrand Cabinets Inc. in June 2014 when he slipped …