Are you an employee who suffered a work-related injury or illness and as a result became disabled and unable to work? You may be entitled to receive certain benefits under a system known as workers' compensation. Although state workers' compensation laws may vary, this publication sets forth a general discussion of the common characteristics of a state workers' compensation system. A comprehensive overview of disability programs is presented, including The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Program, The Black Lung Benefits Program, The Energy Employees' Occupational Illness Compensation Program, The Federal Employment Liability Act, The Merchant Marine Act, Veterans' Disability programs and The Social Security Disability Insurance Program. Revised and updated by author Margaret C. Jasper, this second edition is a fundamental resource for anybody wanting to learn how workers' compensation laws can protect employees suffering from a work-related disability.