Glossary of Workers'
Compensation Law Terms
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Accepted claim: A claim in
which the insurance company accepts that your injury or illness will be covered
by workers' compensation.
Agreed medical evaluator (AME):
This is the physician that is agreed to by your attorney and insurance company.
The AME will be the one to conduct your medical evaluations.
Alternative work: If your
doctor says you will not be able to return to your job because of your injury,
your employer is encouraged to offer you alternative work instead of your
regular work duties. There are requirements to this alternative work, such as
meeting your work restrictions, that vary by state.
American Medical Association
(AMA): National physician’s group. The AMA has published the permanent
Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA): A federal law that prohibits discrimination against people with
AOE/COE (Arising out of and
occurring in the course of employment): Injury caused by and happened while
on the job.
Appeals board: A group of
seven commissioners appointed by the governor to review and reconsider decisions
of workers’ compensation administrative law judges.
Applicants' attorney: A
lawyer that can represent the injured worker in a workers' compensation case.
Apportionment: A way of
figuring out how much of your permanent disability is due to your work injury
and how much is due to other disabilities.