Term Workers Compensation Benefits Assistance
Code FT-1000.9700
Definition Programs that provide assistance for people who are having difficulty understanding and/or obtaining the full benefits to which they are entitled by law under state Workers Compensation statutes. The programs may help people understand the eligibility criteria for Workers Compensation benefits, the benefits provided by the program, and the rights of beneficiaries; provide consultation and advice; help them complete Workers Compensation application forms; negotiate on their behalf with Workers Compensation benefits staff; and/or represent them in administrative hearings or judicial litigation. Included are organizations that offer a range of advocacy services as well as legal aid programs which offer more formalized legal assistance. Workers Compensation is a disability insurance program mandated by the state and funded by employer contributions which provides compensation to covered employees for loss of their earnings as a result of an accidental injury or occupational disease sustained during employment, or which compensates dependents in case of a work-related death.
Created 6/11/09
Changed 12/15/16
Use References Injured Worker Claims Assistance
Injured Workers Claims Assistance
Injured Workers' Claims Assistance
Workers Comp Benefits Assistance
Workers Compensation Advocacy
Workers Compensation Counseling
Workers Compensation Legal Assistance
Workers Compensation Rights Assistance
See Also References Employment Related Advocacy Groups (TD-1600.1790)
Labor and Employment Law (FT-4150)
Labor Law Violations Reporting (FN-1700.3960)
Workers Compensation (NS-1800.9500)
External Classification Terms Claims Filing Assistance (UW 1.4.16.02)
Legal, Consumer and Public Safety Services (AIRS LE-450)
Legal/Public Safety (CAN LP-450)
Legal Services (NTE I80)
Ombudsman for Income Security and Economic Opportunity (UW 1.4.13.01)
Specialized Law Practice Areas (NPC I06)
Related Concepts Advocacy/Rights Protection
Ex-Offender/Reentry Services
Financial Services/Benefits
Homelessness
Labor and Employment
Facet Service
Comments NOTE: A lot of different types of programs help people complete and file application/enrollment forms for various types of benefits and/or are authorized, often by contract, to do eligibility determinations for a specific program. With so many different types of players, it is sometimes difficult to decide which Taxonomy term to select. Here are some guidelines: Use the Benefits Assistance terms in the FT-1000 section for application assistance provided by programs devoted primarily to advocacy for people to ensure that they understand and receive the benefits for which they are eligible. Use Benefits Screening (PH-0700) for programs that provide application assistance in the context of a general assessment of an individual's eligibility for a wide variety of benefits. Use the application/enrollment terms in the NL and NS sections of the Taxonomy for both federal, state, provincial or county offices tasked with benefits application/enrollment processing and eligibility determinations; and for other programs outside those systems that help people complete and file benefits application/enrollment forms or are authorized to do eligibility determinations for a specific benefit. Use Certificates/Forms Assistance (FT-1020) for assistance with any of the wide variety of forms, certificates and other official documents that people need to read and understand or complete and file that do not have a high enough profile to be covered by a dedicated Taxonomy term.
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