Extreme Difference in Workers’ Compensation Benefits from State to State Put into Perspective

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A recent story portrayed by NPR’s Morning Edition depicted the extreme difference in compensation caps for workplace injuries from state to state. Workers’ compensation benefits are determined at a state level. Therefore, individuals who endure similar workplace injuries will receive vastly different payouts based on their location, which is better for some than others. Morning Edition provided the following examples in order to put the difference in workers’ compensation benefits among states into perspective:

“The loss of an arm, for example, is worth up to $48,840 in Alabama, $193,950 in Ohio and $439,858 in Illinois. The big toe ranges from $6,090 in California to $90,401.88 in Oregon. Some states even put a value on the loss of a testicle.”

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  1. Grabell, Michael. “As Workers’ Comp Varies From State To State, Workers Pay The Price.” National Public Radio. Propublica, 6 Mar. 2015. Web.