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Objective Factors

In a workers’ compensation claim, these are measurements, direct observations and test results that a treating physician can say in order to contribute to your permanent disability.

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Offer of Modified or Alternative Work

A form you get from the insurance company during a workers’ compensation claim if you were injured in 2004 or later and your treating physician reports you have a permanent disability and; your employer is offering modified or alternative work instead of a supplemental job displacement benefit.

This form also explains how your permanent disability payments may be lowered by 15 percent because your employer is returning you to work.

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Opening Statement

In litigation, a statement made by the attorney for each party after the jury has been selected and before any evidence has been presented. A defendant may reserve an opening statement until after the conclusion of the plaintiff’s case. An opening statement outlines for the jury the evidence that each party intends to present and informs the jury of the party’s theory of the case.

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Opinion

The explanation of a court’s judgment. When a trial court judgment is appealed to a court of appeals, the appeals judge’s opinion will be detailed, citing case precedents, analyzing the facts, the applicable law and the arguments of the attorneys for the parties.

Since appeals courts have anywhere from three to nine judges, there are often “dissenting opinions” which disagree with the majority opinion, and “concurring opinions” which agree with the result, but apply different emphasis, precedents or logic to reach the determination.

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