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Illegally Employed Minor's Benefits. If a person under 18 is injured on the job and is working in violation of a state law relating to minors, that person is entitled to an additional 50 percent of the compensation rate as additional compensation that must be paid by the employer and not the insurance carrier.

Immunity. Freedom from duty or penalty.

Impeachment of a Witness. An attack on the credibility of a witness.

In Camera. In a judge's chambers; in private.

In Camera Inspection. Judge's private inspection of a document prior to his or her ruling on its admissibility or use at trial.

In Camera Proceedings. Trial or proceeding in a place not open to the public, usually in a judge's chambers.

Inadmissible Evidence. Evidence that cannot be admitted or received.

Indemnify. To restore the victim of a loss, either in whole or in part, by payment of money or repair or replacement of the thing lost.

Independent Medical Examination (IME). Medical examination performed on an injured worker by a company doctor usually for the purpose of showing that a work-related injury no longer exists or that it has decreased in severity.

Informed Consent. Person's agreement to allow something to happen, such as a medical procedure, that is based on full disclosure of the facts necessary to make an intelligent decision.

Injunction. A court order prohibiting a party from a specific course of action.

Informed Consent. A person's agreement to allow something to happen (such as a medical procedure) that is based on a full disclosure of facts needed to make the decision intelligently.

Injure. 1. Hurt or harm 2. To commit an injustice or offense against; wrong.

Instruction. Direction given by a judge regarding the applicable law in a given case.

Interlocutory. Provisional; not final. An interlocutory order or an interlocutory appeal concerns only a part of the issues raised in a lawsuit.

Interrogatories. Written questions developed by one party's attorney for the opposing party. Interrogatories must be answered under oath within a specific period of time.

Intervention. Proceeding in a suit where a third person is allowed, with the court's permission, to join the suit as a party.

Intestate. Dying without a will.

Invitee. A person is an invitee on land if he enters land by invitation; his entry is connected with business being conducted on the land by the possessor of land; and the possessor of land is benefited by the entry.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome.   A condition of abnormally increased spontaneous movement (motility) of the small and large intestine, generally stress can contribute to this condition.

Ischemic Colitis. An inflammation caused by interference with the blood flow to the large intestine.  This lack of blood flow leads to death of tissue.

Issue. (1) The disputed point in a disagreement between parties in a lawsuit. (2) To send out officially, as in to issue an order.

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