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Benefits

Temporary Total Disability (TT)
Wage replacement benefits for temporary, but total, incapacity from ANY type of work of an employee with a work-related injury or illness.

Relapse or Recurrence
Wage replacement benefits for when an employee with a work-related injury or illness has improved and returned to work, but then has a return of some medical problem(s) caused by the injury or illness which cause(s) a further period of total incapacity from work.

Temporary Partial Disability (TP)
Wage replacement benefits for temporary, but only partial, incapacity from work of an employee with a work-related injury or illness. During such a period, an employee is able to perform SOME types of work, as defined by his or her attending physician.

Permanent Partial Disability (PPD)
Benefits for the permanent loss, or loss of use of, one or more body part(s) resulting from a work-related injury or illness.

Discretionary “308a” Wage Differential
Additional benefits which may or may not be awarded to an injured or ill employee by a Workers’ Compensation Commissioner, following an employee’s receipt of all PPD benefits.

Disfigurement and Scarring
Benefits for a permanent, significant disfigurement or scar resulting from a work-related injury or illness.

Dependent Survivors
Burial expenses for an employee who dies as a result of a work-related injury or illness, and wage replacement benefits to any eligible surviving dependent(s) of such a deceased employee.

Forms

Accident Report
Form required to be filed by an employer in cases of an employee’s work-related injury or illness resulting in incapacity from work of one day or more. An accident report is NOT a claim for workers’ compensation benefits, although it usually gets things started when it is filed.

30C: Claim Form
The Workers’ Compensation Commission form filed by an employee with an alleged work-related injury or illness, or dependent(s) of a deceased employee, claiming workers’ compensation benefits.

36: Notice of Discontinuation of Benefits Form
The Workers’ Compensation Commission form filed by an employer or its workers’ compensation insurance carrier, notifying an injured or ill employee and the Workers’ Compensation Commissioner having jurisdiction of its intent to discontinue payment of workers’ compensation benefits.

42: Permanent Disability Evaluation Form
The Workers’ Compensation Commission form filed by an injured or ill employee’s attending physician in cases where the physician feels that the employee has a permanent and partial physical disability of one or more body part(s) due to his or her work-related injury or illness.

43: Notice of Intent to Contest Liability of Claim
The Workers’ Compensation Commission form filed by an employer or its workers’ compensation insurance carrier to contest liability for an employee’s claim of an alleged work-related injury or illness, or for a deceased employee’s dependent’s claim of an alleged work-related death.

WCC-1: Voluntary Agreement
Workers’ Compensation Commission form which is an agreement between an injured or ill employee and the employer or its workers’ compensation insurance carrier. This agreement states the type of workers’ compensation benefit agreed upon and the amount to be paid, and should be issued in every case in which an employee’s injury or illness is deemed to be compensable.

People

Attending Physician
The medical practitioner who is the primary medical caregiver of an employee with a work-related injury or illness.

Claimant
Any person making a claim for workers’ compensation benefits: usually an employee claiming a work-related injury or illness, but may also be a surviving dependent of a deceased employee claiming surivivors’ benefits.

Respondent
An employer or its workers’ compensation insurance carrier in a workers’ compensation case.

Workers’ Compensation Commissioner
An administrative official authorized by the Workers’ Compensation Act to have jurisdiction in whatever matter referred to in a given section of the Act, such as holding hearings, etc.

Other Terms

Basic Compensation Rate
A claimant’s weekly workers’ compensation benefit rate.

Hearing
Informal or formal meeting between the parties in a workers’ compensation case (claimant and respondent) presided over by one or more Workers’ Compensation Commissioner(s) for the purpose of resolving differences, disagreements, and the like in order to provide appropriate workers’ compensation benefits to a claimant.

“Light Duty” or “Restricted Work”
Work which an employee’s attending physician allows the employee to do during the period in which the employee is recovering from a work-related injury or illness. During this period of “lighter” work capacity, the employee is eligible for Temporary Partial Disability benefits.

Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI)
The time specified by an employee’s attending physician as when the employee has healed from a work-related injury or illness to the fullest extent he or she is expected to heal. At this time the attending physician determines whether or not the employee has sustained a Permanent Partial Disability to any body part(s) and the degree of any such physical impairment(s).

Payments “Without Prejudice”
Payments of workers’ compensation benefits made to an employee claiming a work-related injury or illness by his or her employer or its workers’ compensation insurance carrier which assists the employee temporarily while the employer/insurer is deciding whether to contest the claim or to accept it.


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