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South African Journal of Occupational Therapy

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Abstract

LANDMAN, Susan  and  BUCHANAN, Helen. Human rights and workman's compensation: The experiences of two injured workers. S. Afr. j. occup. ther. [online]. 2010, vol.40, n.1, pp. 2-7. ISSN 0038-2337.

This article will highlight examples where human rights were abused and promoted through the description of the experiences of injured workers of the Compensation Process in South Africa. A collective case study design was used and data was collected through semi-structured interviews. The article reports on the findings of a with-in case analysis of two participants. Three themes associated with human rights emerged. These relate to dealing with the consequences of losing a job and not being able to care for self and family, feeling isolated in the compensation process and not being acknowledged. Recommendations are made in relation to practice and education.

Keywords : Human rights; workman's compensation; injured workers; collective case study.

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