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Workers’ Compensation Legal Glossary

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Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA): A federal law that provides certain employees with serious health problems or those who need to care for a child or other family member with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year. It also requires that group health benefits be maintained

Filing: Sending or delivering a document to an employer or a government agency as part of a legal process. The date of filing is the date the document is received.

Final order: A decision or award made by a workers’ compensation judge.

Findings & award: A written decision by a judge about a case. This decision is final unless an appeal is filed. Fraud: Any knowingly false statement made for the purpose of obtaining workers’ compensation benefits.

Future medical: On-going right to medical treatment for a work-related injury.