According to Peter Rousmaniere, in his Special Report entitled, The Uncompensated Worker: The Financial Impact of Workers’ Compensation on Injured Workers and Their Families, “Each year, about a million workers suffer a work injury that disables them from working for at least a day.” As Rousmaniere points out in his report, the current workers’ compensation laws in place are slated against the injured worker. Lobbyists paid by special interest groups continue to submit proposed legislation to continue that trend. Thus, a body of laws originally intended to protect injured workers has become the very entity working against them.
It is important for lawmakers to pay attention to the statistical analysis presented by Rousmaniere in his report, which entails countless stories and snapshots of two-income households failing to make ends meet as a result of the financial ruin workplace injuries can create. From errors in calculating the average weekly wage of an injured worker to benefits which can take years to come to fruition, financially, being injured at work can seem even more distressing than simple everyday injuries outside of the workplace.
By highlighting the inconsistencies and injustices apparent in workers’ compensation laws today, Rousmaniere calls lawmakers to action by forcing them to take note of the devastation most injured workers face as a result of their injuries in the workplace, both financially and physically.
Being injured on the job can be a frightening and frustrating experience, but with the help of the experienced, qualified attorneys at Lancaster & Eure, you can have a better chance at receiving the benefits you deserve. If you or your loved ones have suffered a work-related accident, call the attorneys at Lancaster & Eure for your free consultation (941) 365-7575, or feel free to contact us online.