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The Workers’ Compensation Program

Every state in the United States has a workers’ compensation program. Each state is required by law to carry this type of workers insurance in order to cover for the employees to use once they are injured. Workers’ comp is only given to those who are injured while working, or have become sick due to the nature of their job. Because of the differences in state jurisdiction and policies, this benefit can also differ.

For anyone to avail of their workers compensation benefits the injury or disability suffered can be physical, mental or emotional, based on the Social Security Administration. They can even be a combination of all, and to qualify for these benefits, an employee should prove that he or she is suffering from at least two types of disabilities:

  1. Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) – this is a type of injury that impairs the physical and mental capabilities of a worker to perform certain parts of normal work duties for the rest of his or her life. Upon returning to work, a worker suffering from PPD can only perform certain responsibilities and not everything that they used to perform, causing them to have lower income jobs. This type of disability benefit can last up to 500 weeks, and is based on a certain percentage of the difference between the previous and current wages. In a personal injury suit, permanent partial disability can be used for awarding damages.
  2. Temporary Total Disability (TTD) – based on the opinion of the physician, this type of disability is the total restriction from any and all work. Employers provide TTD benefits to the injured worker until he or she can return to their work. This benefit lasts for 113 weeks, where the physician can determine if the worker is able to go back to work.

It is important to file for worker’s comp immediately after you have suffered an injury in the workplace, mainly because it takes some time for them to be approved. There are circumstances where these requests are denied, such as a pre-existing condition. For this situation, it is better to prove that the work itself has helped aggravated the condition or has made it worse. These sort of situations can become complicated without the guidance of a legal professional. A workers compensation lawyer may be able to help anyone that has been hurt or injured due to an unfortunate circumstance at their worksite. Visit this website to learn more about how lawyers may be able to guide you through a case: http://www.lamarcalandry.com/practice-areas/workers-compensation/


Probation

Not all crimes are subject to jail time: in some instances, the individual who is convicted of a crime is given probation instead. Probation is a conviction sentence where the convict forgoes imprisonment; instead, they are released but remain under the supervision of the court. Probation is often given to criminal suspects who have no criminal record or who have demonstrated good behavior, and therefore can be safely allowed to return to society provided they report to a special officer approved by the court. Because of the considerable benefits that a sentence of probation versus imprisonment entails, it is important to have legal representation to help work for this type of sentence. 

However, there are times where the terms of an individual’s probation are violated, and when this happens, it can result in the individual facing serious consequences. Punishments for violation of probation depend on the severity of the violation and on the court overseeing the terms of probation.  Some of the most common consequences of probation violation include: 

  1. Military service
  2. Community service
  3. Rehabilitation programs
  4. Large fines and penalties
  5. Imprisonment

It is important to follow the rules, conditions and terms of a probation agreement in order to avoid these types of penalties. Some of the most important things that a convict on probation should avoid include:

  1. Possession, use and solicitation of illegal drugs
  2. Being arrested for a different crime
  3. Leaving the state or visiting other people without the consent of the probation officer
  4. Not showing up on scheduled court appearances
  5. Not reporting to the approved probation officer on the scheduled date or time           

There are other offenses that can affect your probation, as well. Experienced criminal attorneys can help those who are on probation to stay within the guidelines of their probation sentence and avoid more serious consequences.


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