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State law governs most workers' compensation claims. These laws are aimed at protecting workers from injuries sustained on the job. Most states require every business to have some form of workers' compensation insurance to cover its employees. A workers' compensation claim is not considered a lawsuit but rather, is a claim for benefits from the employer. Usually, workers' compensation is the exclusive remedy for workers, unless the worker can point to a third party as a contributing factor in their injury, such as a manufacturer of equipment. There are several types of injuries for which a worker can recover. In some cases, even work-related stress may lead to a valid injury for which a worker can recover.


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What Proof Do You Need for a Disability Insurance Claim?

When filing a disability insurance claim, claimants will need to provide proof of their medical conditions.

Depending on your disability insurance policy, the required proof can include things like a doctor's letter and records from the agency that provides the disability benefits.

So here's a rundown of the claim filing process and how to provide proof of disability:

5 Questions to Ask a Disability Lawyer

Disability insurance claims can be complex and are frequently denied (at least initially). A lawyer can help guide you through the process and make it less confusing.

Because disability can be a very personal matter, it's important to choose an experienced disability attorney who fits your needs and is experienced in that area of law. Thankfully, many offer free consultations.

After you scope out a potential attorney (or two), you'll want to find out some basic information about the lawyer and about your claim. Here are five questions to ask a disability lawyer:

Disability insurance can be your safety net when serious medical problems hit, and it can be devastating to have those insurance claims denied.

If this has happened to you, don't lose hope just yet. After you figure out why your disability claim was denied, you may be able to make corrections and resubmit your claim, or you may have a good case for an appeal.

Here are five common reasons disability insurance claims are denied, and some thoughts on what you may be able to do next:

What Is Disability Insurance? 3 Basic Questions

If you're unable to work because of an injury or a debilitating illness, you may be wondering what disability insurance is and whether you're covered by it.

The answer can depend on many factors including the type of injury you suffered, where the injury occurred, and what type of disability insurance you or your employer may have.

For a general overview of how disability insurance works, here are three frequently asked questions about disability insurance:

Miley Cyrus Tongue Slide Lawsuit Alleges Injury

Miley Cyrus' tongue slide has slid into a personal injury lawsuit. Alas, it's not the pop star's real tongue. The lawsuit involves a giant slide modeled after Miley's tongue that the performer slides down to the stage as part of her "Bangerz" tour.

So basically, she sticks out her real tongue as she rides down a massive plastic rendition of her tongue sticking out. Très meta!

A construction worker claims the tongue slide is a dangerously slippery slope.

According to a new FindLaw.com survey, nearly 1 in 10 workers have decided not to report a workplace injury for fear of retaliation.

This new data suggests that 9 percent of Americans are afraid to report when they are ill or injured on the job because they are afraid of being fired, passed over for promotions, or harassed.

Are that many workers too afraid to say when they're hurt?

1 in 5 Workers Injured on the Job: FindLaw Survey

If you've been injured on the job, you're certainly not alone. According to a new FindLaw.com survey, more than one in five Americans say they have been injured on the job.

Here are some highlights from the survey and advice on how to deal with on-the-job injuries:

Pepper-Spraying Cop Gets $38K in Workers' Comp

Remember the notorious pepper-spraying cop? Ex-UC Davis police Lt. John Pike is now getting $38,055 in a workers' compensation settlement from the university, The Sacramento Bee reports.

A workers' compensation claim typically provides employees with benefits or a remedy for their on-the-job injuries. Public safety personnel, like firefighters and police officers, are no strangers to work-related injuries.

In Pike's case, he infamously pepper-sprayed a group of "Occupy" protesters at a campus sit-in in 2011. So what injuries did he claim in order to receive workers' comp?

Worker's compensation, known more commonly as "workers' comp" or "workmans' comp," provides a system by which employees and their families can submit claims for injuries, illness, and even death that is connected to their employment.

The purpose of worker's comp procedures is to ensure that employees can receive compensation for work-related injuries without resorting to suing their employers.

But as many workers discover, only certain injuries are covered by the workers' comp system.

'Pepper-Spraying Cop' Wants Worker's Comp

The notorious pepper-spraying cop from a student "Occupy" protest in California is appealing for worker's compensation, claiming he suffered psychiatric injury from the 2011 confrontation.

John Pike, formerly with the University of California, Davis' police force, has a settlement conference set for August 13 in Sacramento, reports The Associated Press.

Pike was fired in July 2012, eight months after an investigation found that his action was unwarranted.