Course Syllabus: Workers' Compensation 101


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Course Description

Since as far back as Ancient Greece and Rome, there has been a system in place in all civilized societies to compensate those individuals who have become injured or disabled due to a work-related accident. The laws and regulations governing what is known today as Workers' Compensation have changed dramatically over the last 1700 years.


This course will take a close look at the entire Workers' Compensation system, from the filing of an initial claim, to a detailed look on how to choose the right doctor and lawyer, how to represent yourself in the absence of a lawyer, and, most importantly, a detailed look into the specific federal, state, and private benefits that are available to people who have become injured in their workplace. 

Filing a Workers' Compensation claim need not be a daunting task. Every worker must seek the advice of qualified professionals. This course will provide an understanding of the core concepts in a Workers' Compensation claim, as well as education on where to get further information. 

 Being injured in the workplace can mean a significant change in one's life, and it is important to ensure that one's rights – either those of an employee or an employer – are being fully protected. 

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

Lesson 1: The History of Workers' Compensation

Lesson 2: Workers' Compensation Benefits

Lesson 3: Filing a Workers' Compensation Claim

Lesson 4: Denial of Benefits and Appeals

Lesson 5: Medical Treatment, and Choosing a Doctor

Lesson 6: Dealing with Attorneys and Legal Forms

Lesson 7: Handling Your Own Case

Lesson 8: Preparing for a Hearing, Mediation, and Other Litigation Matters

Lesson 9: Financial Considerations

Lesson 10: Workers Compensation Fraud

Lesson 11: Social Security Disability Insurance and Workers' Compensation

Lesson 12: Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Lesson 13: Americans with Disabilities Act

 

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with one or two assignments. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know the history of Workers' Compensation.
  • Define Workers' Compensation benefits.
  • Describe the procedures involved in filing a Workers' Compensation Claim.
  • Describe Denial of Benefits and Appeals processes.
  • Know medical treatment, and choosing a doctor.
  • Know dealing with attorneys and legal forms.
  • Know handling your own case.
  • Know preparing for a hearing, mediation, and other litigation matters.
  • Identify financial considerations.
  • Know Workers Compensation fraud.
  • Compare and contrast Social Security Disability Insurance and Workers' Compensation.
  • Define Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
  • Know Americans with Disabilities Act, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Assessment Guide

Lesson 1 Exam7
Lesson 2 Exam10
Lesson 3 Exam10
Lesson 4 Exam10
Lesson 5 Exam10
Lesson 6 Exam10
Lesson 7 Exam10
Lesson 8 Exam9
Lesson 9 Exam10
Lesson 10 Exam10
Lesson 11 Exam10
Lesson 12 Exam10
Lesson 13 Exam10
The Final Exam60
Total Points:186
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