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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

New Study: CA Disability Compensation Among Lowest in US Only Alabama & Rhode Island pay Lower Weekly Compensation

The California Applicants’ Attorneys Association (CAAA), whose members represent Californians injured on the job, today responded to a new national study showing that Californians injured at work are compensated at one of the lowest weekly rates in the nation. The report by the Workers Compensation Research Institute and the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions found that California’s $290 per week maximum for workers with “permanent partial” disabilities is lower than those of all but two other states, Alabama and Rhode Island.

“Partial permanent disability compensation is the only payment injured workers receive for the loss of arms, legs, or their ability to do simple activities in daily life. The new study shows the inadequacy of compensation for lost earnings due to work injuries. It is time to restore balance to the California workers’ compensation insurance system. Insurance companies are reaping the benefits while working Californians are compensated at the bottom of the nation,” said CAAA President Jim Butler. “Changes over the past decade have been extremely profitable for insurance companies, but not for those injured on the job.”