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(p. 3) The Legal Context 

(p. 3) The Legal Context
(p. 3) The Legal Context

Lisa Drago Piechowski

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date: 29 October 2020

This chapter discusses the legal context of workplace disability, with emphasis on the determination of an individual's eligibility to receive disability insurance benefits. It first provides an overview of the sociolegal purpose and history of occupational disability insurance and the sources of disability benefits, including private disability insurance policies, public- and private-sector employee benefits, federal entitlement programs, and worker's compensation. It then looks at the process by which disability claims are evaluated before concluding with a discussion of the litigation of disability disputes. The chapter includes boxes that highlight relevant case law.

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