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January 2015 Archives

Can I Be Fired For Hiring A Workers' Compensation Attorney?

One of the benefits of being employed in the United States is the legal requirement that employers have to protect their employees from injuries. Under workers' compensation laws, an employee who is injured on the job must report that injury, request medical care, and file for workers' compensation. Once these steps are completed, workers' compensation provides the employee with reimbursement for medical treatment, disability payments, and the cost of rehabilitation. With a worker off the job and the cost of carrying workers' compensation insurance to cover their injuries, what prevents employers from firing employees that have filed claims? Even further, can a worker who has hired an attorney be fired?

What Is Social Security Disability?

The Social Security Administration pays disability benefits through the Social Security disability insurance program. Under this program, Social Security pays benefits to people who are unable to work because they have a medical condition that is expected to last at least a year, or result in death.

What Does "maximum Medical Improvement" Mean?

The American Medical Association (AMA) defines maximum medical improvement (MMI) is the point at which a patient's condition has stabilized to the point where there is very little chance of seeing any substantial improvement, or significant decline in health, within the next 12 months. It does not mean the patient will not experience various symptoms or signs, it simply means the doctors do not expect to see further recovery or decline. Doctors will often claim maximum medical improvement if they have reached the end of healing, a patient has become medically stable, there are no additional cures or treatments available, or the patient has allegedly reached the highest level of medical improvement.

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