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 Seguin, 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.

Recycling plants frequently pose dangers to workers

Recycling plays an important role in the initiative to protect the environment, but working in the recycling industry is an extremely dangerous job. Workers in this field frequently use heavy machinery and far too many recycling plants provide workers with little to no safety training. Due to a lack of safety training and precautions, recycling plants are cited much more per inspection than many other job sites.

One plant in North Carolina was forced to close after the tragic death of one of its employees in 2012. Sadly, this death would have likely been avoided had proper safety training and initiatives been put in place.

Workplace injuries due to a lack of safety training are far too common, and can be very costly for workers and their families. If you or a loved one has been killed or injured due to compromised safety conditions in the workplace, call the experienced workers’ comp attorneys of Scudder Seguin, PLLC, at (919) 851-3311 to learn more about what we may be able to do for you.