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Learn the Language! 5 Terms You Need to Know About Workers’ Comp

Erwin, McCane & Daly | Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Understanding the terminology in Workers’ Compensation claims can be like learning a foreign language. We want to help you become more familiar with some of the terms you’ll be seeing as your claim proceeds. 

Here are 5 key terms you’ll come across during your Workers’ Comp case:

  1. Claim form: The form used to report a work injury or illness to your employer. 
  2. Defendant: The party (usually your employer or its insurance company) opposing you in a dispute over benefits or services. 
  3. Findings & award (F&A): A written decision by a workers' compensation administrative law judge about your case, including payments and future care that must be provided to you. The F&A becomes a final order unless appealed. 
  4. Denied claim: A claim in which the insurance company believes your injury or illness is not covered by workers' compensation and has notified you of the decision. 
  5. Modified work: Your old job, with some changes that allow you do to it. If your doctor says you will not be able to return to your job at the time of injury, your employer is encouraged to offer you modified job duties

At EMD Law, we’re familiar with all the terms used in Workers’ Comp cases, and will translate them so you have a good working understanding. We’ll also keep you updated every step of the way, and answer any questions you may have about the proceedings. Call us for more information.