Workers’ compensation rates vary in differing states

A recent report released by ProPublica and NPR brought to light the vast range of workers’ compensation rates in differing states for the same injuries, the Atlantic reported on March 7.

For instance, the report compared the financial compensation for the loss of an eye in two states: $27,280 in Alabama versus $261,525 in Pennsylvania. In part because of these vast differences, many states have begun to shift towards lowering the price of their workers’ compensation rates and premiums closer to the national average.

The report stated that the United States Department of Labor has not been paying close attention to workers’ compensation either–the department stopped tracking how states’ workers’ comp payouts compared to national guidelines in 2004.

Workers’ compensation benefits were instituted to help workers who suffered an injury on the job. If you need assistant filing or appealing a workers’ compensation claim, call the experienced attorneys of Scudder Seguin, PLLC, at (919) 851-3311 today.