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South African Journal of Occupational Therapy

On-line version ISSN 2310-3833
Print version ISSN 0038-2337

S. Afr. j. occup. ther. vol.40 n.1 Pretoria Mar. 2010




Human rights and workman's compensation: The experiences of two injured workers



Susan LandmanI; Helen BuchananII

IMSc; Clinical Educator, Division of Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Cape Town
IIMSc; Senior Lecturer, Division of Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Cape Town





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.

Key words: Human rights, workman's compensation, injured workers, collective case study



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Susan Landman
Helen Buchanan

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