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Workers' Compensation: What You Need to Know

In an industry laden with injuries and physical strain, many wonder about the ins and outs of workers' compensation. Alex Wallach, a claimant's attorney with a practice in Forest Park, Ga., recently took the time to sit down with™/AGRR magazine to go over some of the ins and outs of workers compensation laws.

When most people hear "workers' compensation," they often think it's a one-time injury with a specific point of origin-an accident at work-but according to Wallach, repetitive motion injuries can be the basis for a worker's compensation claim in most states.

"All workers' comp is no-fault. The test is generally, did the injury arise out of and in the course of the course of the employment? In other words, was the person doing his job when he got hurt? Generally speaking, if the answer is 'yes,' it doesn't matter if the person did something [that caused the injury] or the employer put them in a dangerous situation," Wallach says.

In some states, he explained, just how much an injured worker may receive in compensation benefits may be determined by how much of the injury was caused by the employee's own actions. Employers and employees alike should check with an attorney in their own states for more information since state law determines workers' compensation rights.

Be sure to check out the July/August issue of AGRR magazine for an in-depth look at ways auto glass technicians avoid injuries on the job-and to deal with them when they do occur.

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