U.S. states vary when it comes to workers’ compensation amounts

In a recent investigative report conducted by Washington, D.C.-based National Public Radio’s Howard Berkes and New York City-based ProPublica’s Michael Grabell, it was discovered that workers from different states often receive different amounts for incurring workplace injuries.

The report showed that since 2003, around 33 states have reduced workers’ compensation benefits to injured workers and made it harder for these workers to qualify for the state’s workers’ compensation program. Also, the reporters found that some states are opting out of workers’ compensation systems and are enabling employers to come up with their own workers’ compensation plan.

The report showed that even though employers have been complaining about the “rising costs” of workers’ compensation, rates have actually been the lowest since the 1970s, noting, “in 2013, insurance companies had their most profitable year in over a decade, bringing in an 18% return.”

With the help of our experienced and competent workers’ compensation attorneys at Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC in Raleigh, you may have a chance of receiving the proper amount of workers’ compensation money needed to support yourself and your family during these trying times. Call our offices today at (910) 488-1600.