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Study: Workers’ comp laws increasingly benefit employers, not employees

Through the great “compensation bargain” known as workers’ comp, if an employee is injured or disabled on the job, insurance provides reimbursement for medical expenses and lost wages. In exchange, workers relinquish most rights to sue their employer.

Workers’ comp is not equal across state lines. From IntangibleArts.

But, according to a new investigation from the non-profit ProPublica and National Public Radio (NPR), legislative changes have created a shocking imbalance in benefits — between employer-employee and also between states:

A study from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration — released the same day as the ProPublica/NPR report — reveals similar findings, including that employers only pay for about 20 percent of the overall financial cost of workplace injuries and illnesses. According to the agency, “This cost-shift has forced injured workers, their families and taxpayers to subsidize the vast majority of the lost income and medical care costs generated by these conditions.”