Glossary of Workers'
Compensation Law Terms
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Settlement: An agreement
between you and the insurance company regarding your workers' compensation
payments and future medical care. Settlements must be reviewed by a workers'
compensation judge to make sure they are adequate.
Serious and willful misconduct:
A petition filed if your injury is caused by the serious and willful misconduct
of your employer.
Specific injury: An injury
caused by one event at work.
Stipulated rating: Formal
agreement on your permanent disability rating. Must be approved by a workers'
Stipulation with award: A
settlement of a case where the parties agree on the terms of an award. This is
the document the judge signs to make the award final.
Stipulations with request for
award: A settlement in which the parties agree on the terms of an award.
Payment takes place over time.
Subjective factors: The
amount of pain and other symptoms described by an injured worker that a doctor
reports as contributing to a worker's permanent disability. Subjective factors
are generally not given as much weight as objective factors.
Subpoena: A document that
requires a witness to appear at a hearing.
Summary rating: The
percentage of permanent disability.