When you are injured, workers' compensation is supposed to be there to protect you and help you provide for your family. But who protects our workers' compensation system? In the past decade, more than 30 states have passed legislation that makes it more difficult to obtain workers' comp benefits or reduces the amount of benefits you can receive.
A recent series of articles by ProPublica and National Public Radio (NPR) explores the ways that the workers' compensation system has been attacked. As a part of its analysis, this group conducted in-depth research into the wild variations of disability awards, the ways in which states have reduced workers' comp funding, state-by-state trends over the past decade, and many other aspects of the worker's comp system. What they found were cuts that have "gone so deep in some states that judges who hear workers' comp cases, top defense attorneys for companies and even the father of the modern workers' comp system say they are inhumane."