Disease Victims Often Shut Out of Workers’ Compensation System

11.05.2015

In an article interlaced with human interest stories, The Center for Public Integrity presents a mostly unfavorable view of the U.S. workers’ compensation system, especially regarding occupational disease claims.

At one point, the article states: “Americans hurt at work have a difficult enough time with the state-by-state system when their injury is so obvious and immediate—such as an amputation—that it can’t be blamed on anything but the job. When it comes to chemically induced illnesses and other job-triggered diseases that creep up over time, according to researchers and the federal agency overseeing occupational safety, workers’ comp rarely works at all.”

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