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Workers' Compensation Glossary: D


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Date of Injury

Date a work-related injury occurs or, for occupational disease, the date of total or partial incapacity to work due to the disease. (The Compensation Review Board has held the date of injury for repetitive trauma to be the last day of exposure to the incidents of repetitive trauma, i.e. the last day worked.)

Day of Injury

Day a work-related injury occurs. An employee with a compensable work-related injury or occupational disease is entitled to full wages for the entire day an injury occurs and, for purposes of determining workers' compensation benefits, that day is not counted as a day of incapacity from work.

Dependency Allowance

Extra payment (in addition to a claimant's basic compensation rate) for each of a claimant's dependents. This allowance is paid ONLY to claimants whose compensable work-related injuries or occupational diseases occurred PRIOR to October 1, 1991.

Dependent

Employee's family member (for employees with compensable work- related injuries or occupational diseases) or next of kin who was wholly or partly dependent upon the employee's earnings at the time of the employee's injury or disease, including any presumptive dependent or dependent in fact.

Dependent in Fact

Person determined to be an employee's dependent (for employees with compensable work-related injuries or occupational diseases) in a workers' compensation case in which there is no presumptive dependent, in accordance with the facts existing on the date of the injury or disease.

Dependent Survivor

Presumptive dependent or dependent in fact surviving an employee who dies from a compensable work-related injury or occupational disease.

Dependent Survivors' Benefits

Burial expenses for an employee who dies from a compensable work-related injury or occupational disease and wage replacement benefits to surviving dependents of such a deceased employee. Such benefits are also known as "Death Benefits", "Fatality Benefits" or "Survivors' Benefits".

Disability Evaluation

Workers' Compensation Commission Form 42 used by an attending physician to report the existence and extent of a Permanent Partial Disability of an employee with a compensable work- related injury or occupational disease.

Disclaimer

Workers' Compensation Commission Form 43 used by an employer or its workers' compensation insurance carrier to deny or contest liability for a claim for workers' compensation benefits.

Discontinuation Notice

Workers' Compensation Commission Form 36 used by an employer or its workers' compensation insurance carrier to discontinue or reduce a claimant's workers' compensation benefit payments.

Disfigurement

Impairment of or injury to the beauty, symmetry, or appearance of a person that renders the person unsightly, misshapen, imperfect, or deforms in some manner or otherwise causes a detrimental change in the external form of the person.

Disfigurement and Scarring

Permanent, significant disfigurement of, or permanent, significant scarring on the face, head, neck, or any other part of the body which handicaps an employee with a compensable work- related injury or occupational disease in obtaining or continuing to work.

Disfigurement and Scarring Benefits

Benefits paid to an employee with a compensable work-related injury or occupational disease for a compensable disfigurement or scar.

District

Jurisdiction established by the Workers' Compensation Commission Chairman to administer matters of the workers' compensation system within a given geographical area.

District Office

Workers' Compensation Commission office which administers matters of the workers' compensation system within the jurisdiction of the Workers' Compensation District in which it is located. Informal and Formal Hearings are held in District Offices, which also maintain records pertinent to their jurisdictions, such as workers' compensation case files.

DOI

Date of Injury. The date a work-related injury occurs or, for occupational disease, the date of total or partial incapacity to work due to the disease. (The Compensation Review Board has held the date of injury for repetitive trauma to be the last day of exposure to the incidents of repetitive trauma, i.e. the last day worked.)


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