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California is at the bottom in workers' compensation rankings

California residents who find themselves having to rely on workers' compensation benefits may be dismayed to learn that their state ranks 48th in the nation when it comes to how much they receive in benefits.

According to a recent report, California pays a maximum of just under $300 weekly to workers who have partial but permanent disabilities that arise from employment-related injuries or illnesses. 

States set their own budgets for workers’ compensation claims and to put that amount in perspective, the same weekly compensation benefits in other states can amount to more than $1,400.

Budget battles in the California legislature over how much to pay workers’ compensation claimants are nothing new. Significant reviews and changes to the employer-funded, multi-billion dollar workers’ compensation system take place about every 10 years on average.

The last such revision took place in 2012. The recent study, however, may cause sufficient consternation in Sacramento, and lawmakers could be pressured not to wait until 2022 to re-examine the payments and benefits structure.

Precisely when the state will again take up the question of how much to fund workers’ compensation claims is unknown.  When it does address the issue, in addition to facing the difficulty of keeping a workable balance between cash benefits and other workers compensation benefits, legislators may also need to contend with the lobbying interests of employers and labor unions, who may not always work cooperatively with each other. 

Those who have questions about their rights regarding a workers’ compensation claim in California may want to speak to an attorney.

Source: The Sacramento Bee, "California's workers compensation benefits among lowest,” Dan Walters, April 30, 2014

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