Administrative Justice in Workers’ Compensation – Post # 8: The Chilling U.S. Story

The following article was published in ProPublica in March 2015.  The story it tells provides important context and is an object lesson for Canadian workers’ comp advocates in particular but also for administrative justice advocates more generally.  It shows how badly things can go wrong when the rights of the disadvantaged are entrusted for their vindication to executive branch justice systems.

I am indebted to a colleague for bringing it to my attention.

The Demolition of Workers’ Comp

Over the past decade, states have slashed workers’ compensation benefits, denying injured workers help when they need it most and shifting the costs of workplace accidents to taxpayers.



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