Injured workers suffer as ‘reforms’ limit workers’ compensation benefits
NPR - 03/04/2015
Worker advocates say such explanations fail to acknowledge that most claims involve simple strains or stitched wounds, which aren’t controversial. The most severe — and expensive — injuries are often the ones that end up in dispute.
The system “isn’t only designed for the short-term, easily diagnosed diseases and injuries; it’s supposed to be for all of them,” said Emily Spieler, a Northeastern University law professor and former head of the West Virginia workers’ comp system.