Workers’ compensation is essential to providing the support and resources workers and their
loved ones need following on-the-job accidents. Unfortunately, states
across the country have reconstructed workers’ compensation in ways
that make it increasingly difficult for injured workers to secure the
full and fair compensation they need.
A recently published investigative article from ProPublica and NPR explores
the troubling changes of workers’ compensation reform and how it
affects injured workers and their families. Here are a few key details
about the issue:
- Over the past decade, 33 states have made significant cutbacks to their
workers’ compensation systems. The cutbacks have resulted in fewer
benefits, difficulties in qualifying for benefits, and lengthy battles
when filing claims or seeking medical treatment.
- Workers’ compensation reform is often backed by big businesses and
insurance companies which argue that costs are out of control, despite
the fact that employers are paying the lowest rates for workers’
compensation insurance since the ‘70s and insurers are seeing some
of their most profitable years in over a decade.
- Due to the cutbacks, the costs of workers’ comp benefits have shifted
to taxpayers, who now pay out tens of billions of dollars each year through
Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
- In many states, medical decisions have been placed under the control of
employers and insurers, rather than doctors or the injured workers themselves.
The widespread changes have affected millions of injured workers and families
as they seek medical treatment for their injuries and struggle to stay
afloat despite a substantial slash in income - all while business and
insurance companies thrive. The problem has become so severe that many
judges and legal experts have called the new laws inhumane.
Having helped numerous clients through the workers’ compensation
process in Nevada, our team at Shook & Stone is very familiar with
the challenges injured workers face during the workers’ comp application process,
appeal process, and throughout their journeys to secure the medical treatment and compensation
they require. Our firm is committed to helping clients navigate these
challenges, and we have the experience to fight effectively on their behalves.
If you or a family member has recently been injured on the job in Las Vegas
or anywhere throughout Nevada, our award-winning attorneys are here to
help you understand your legal rights and options, and how we can be of
assistance during this difficult process. To discuss your case with a
workers’ compensation lawyer from our firm during a FREE consultation,
contact us today.
You can read the full article and investigation