Glossary of Workers'
Compensation Law Terms
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In pro per: One who is not
represented by an attorney.
Independent contractor: Some
employers classify employees as an independent contractors to avoid workers'
compensation. If your employer controls the manner of your work, has the right
to terminate you, pays you an hourly wage or salary, requires you to work a
specific schedule and makes deductions for Social Security or unemployment, then
you are likely NOT an independent contractor.
Impairment rating: A
percentage estimate of how much normal use of your injured body parts that you
have lost. Impairment ratings are based on guidelines published by the AMA.