A worker who suffers an injury or contracts an illness on the job can permanently
hinder their potential and that of their entire family. Over three million
workers are seriously hurt on the job and thousands more die from workplace
accidents every year. With employers contributing less and less to paying
the costs of these injuries, the burden falls increasingly on the injured
worker, their families and taxpayer-funded programs.
States across the country are making it more difficult for the injured
to recover the workers’ compensation they are due: benefits such
as wage-replacement and coverage of their medical expenses. Now, employers
only contribute roughly 20% to defray the costs of workplace injuries
and illnesses via
workers’ compensation, forcing the remaining cost onto the worker.
A contributor to this trend is the increasing move to classify workers
wrongly as independent contractors and to utilize temporary workers. This
has led to an increase in the risk of injury for workers. At the same
time, corporations are less inclined to take on the responsibility for
providing a safe work environment for their employees.
The simplest answer to this problem is for employers to keep employees
from harming themselves as much as possible in order to keep workers and
their families from suffering financial ruin due to an injury. Likewise,
each state’s workers’ compensation programs need to remove
roadblocks and limitations to their programs so that employees can ready
access the full compensation they deserve.
Were you hurt in a workplace injury? Speak with our
San Antonio workers’ compensation lawyer today during your free case evaluation. We can put together a plan to
recover the compensation you need!