Disease victims often shut out of workers’ comp system

Source: Jamie Smith Hopkins, Center for Public Integrity, November 4, 2015

Legal barriers for sick workers can be insurmountable; costs are shifted to families and federal programs such as Medicare…. 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….