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Decline in Workers Compensation Benefits

Decline in Workers Compensation Benefits

According to the attached article, benefits received by injured workers have been steadily dropping. Some of the decline in benefits is due to safer work conditions, but a LOT is related to the fact “that many injured workers are not receiving the cash benefits and/or medical care they need, and that some states are achieving lower benefits by shifting costs rather than improving safety.”

When costs are “shifted,” that means that State Legislators are cutting back on the obligations of insurance carriers and passing it onto the taxpayer-who takes over the obligation of ensuring the injured worker is taken care of through Medicare, Medicaid and disability benefits.

These State Legislatures have conveniently forgotten how workers’ comp laws came into being; how State Legislatures entered into what has been called a Grand Compromise in creating systems of workers compensation benefits. The compromise asked ALL parties to give and take for the betterment of all involved. With Workers Compensation laws, the injured worker would be entitled to prompt medical treatment paid for by their employer’s workers compensation insurance carrier; they were also provided compensation while they were out of work recovering from their job injury and a capped amount of compensation should they suffer a permanent physical impairment. In return, the employers were protected from being sued under general tort law- which allowed for much higher damage awards against them, and the insurance companies made more money by selling more and more policies.

In the last decade State Legislatures have been consistently chipping away at the benefits injured workers can receive, sacrificing those injured at work on the altar of MORE. Their logic is that by lessening workers compensation benefits injured workers can receive, they can lure more businesses into their State and create more jobs. This rationale is called The Race to the Bottom, and as States fight to entice more businesses to their States; the problem is it doesn’t work.

The War Against Injured Workers is still being waged, and at Powell and Denny, we are fighting for injured workers.

If you were hurt at work and you have any questions about an Alabama Workers Compensation claim, don’t hesitate to call and speak with one of the experienced Alabama Work Injury Lawyers at Powell and Denny today.

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