Encyclopedia of Public Health

2008 Edition
| Editors: Wilhelm Kirch

Disability Compensation

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5614-7_808


Disability compensation is a monetary benefit paid to employees with work-related disability ( Work-Related Diseases). It means that the disability is the result of an illness, disease or injury incurred or aggravated while the worker performed his/her working activities. This benefit is to compensate for a reduction in quality of life due to work-related disability and to provide compensation for average impairment in earnings capacity. The term “disability compensation” in occupational health sometimes refers to the compensations and benefits (financial and care support, devices, and modifications that help overcome or remove a disability, “positive discrimination”, etc.) for significantly restricted or absent ability caused by or related to occupational or work-related impairments or disorders.

The term disability in a medical sense is often used to refer to individual functioning, including physical or sensory impairment, cognitive impairment, and mental disorders....

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