Workers Compensation

Your Guide to Federal Workers Compensation Benefits

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State law determines how most people who get injured or sick at work apply and qualify for workers comp benefits. But the federal workers compensation program, however, is quite different. The Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) governs how benefits work at the federal level. Learn all about the federal workers compensation program below — including forms, benefit amounts and claim...

Wrongful Termination Protections In Workers’ Comp Retaliation Cases

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Taking time off to recover from your workplace injury or illness is one thing. But if your company fires you after filing a workers’ compensation claim, you may have a valid wrongful termination case. Most state workers’ compensation laws include wrongful termination penalties for companies that retaliate against injured workers. In fact, employers caught doing this may face hefty fines...

How Maximum Medical Improvement Can Affect Workers’ Comp

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When you’re hurt on the job, it can take months or years to recover. However, a full recovery isn’t always possible. Many people live with lasting damage from job-related injuries. If you get workers’ compensation benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will keep tabs on your recovery. Once you reach Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI), your doctor will let the SSA know. MMI means...

Workers’ Compensation Legal Fees: How Much Will You Pay?

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If you’re injured or get sick on the job, a workers’ comp lawyer can get the maximum benefits you deserve. You shouldn’t have to worry about fighting your employer or the insurance company while you’re busy healing. Unfortunately, many injured workers believe they cannot afford an attorney. For anyone worried about paying high legal fees, we’ll explain how the process works to clear up any...

State Guidelines for Workers Compensation Benefits

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Ever wondered how employee-friendly your state happens to be? You probably never gave it much thought — until you or someone you love got hurt or sick at work. Each state has its own rules and guidelines for workers compensation benefits, and they very widely. Just as every claimant is unique, so too is each state’s individual rules. For example, states have different laws about which...

Is Workers’ Comp Considered Taxable Income?

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Taxable income describes nearly every wage and payment type you’ve ever earned. So, you probably assume your workers’ comp payments are taxable income, too. The recent tax reform legislation created many new questions about what does and does not count as taxable income. Even professional tax preparers wading through the newest rules are scratching their heads! Fortunately, we have some good news...

When Do You Actually Need a Workers Comp Attorney?

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You may think about getting a workers comp attorney if you’re injured at work. When you mention this idea to a friend or loved one, however, they may say it’s not worth it. This is actually true in some cases. For example, you probably won’t need a lawyer if either of the following is true: Your workplace injury is minor and you’ll fully recover from it, or Either your employer...

How to Calculate Your Workers’ Compensation Benefits Amount

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After you’re hurt or ill in the workplace, the last thing you want to do is a math problem to calculate your workers’ comp. That’s because the numbers you need to calculate your weekly payment amount are harder to find than you might expect. First, it’s not always based on your current salary. Second, it has little to do with your employment sector’s average pay scale. So, how is it...

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