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Work injuries decline, but more people applying for disability

When someone is seriously injured in a workplace accident, it is important that he or she receives workers' compensation, but it is even more important that those funds are only spent on people who were actually injured and were not injured because of their own mistakes or reckless behavior. It is important that Los Angeles employees who file fraudulent or exaggerated claims are denied money that should be spent on people who actually deserve it.

Unfortunately, a Wall Street analyst has discovered evidence that an increasing number of people are applying for disability benefits despite the sharp decline in workplace accidents. Over the past decade, there has been a 4.5 percent annual rise in the number of employees claiming a work-related disability, but the number of workplace accidents has also steadily fallen. In fact, in 1973 there were 11 people for every 100 who were injured in a workplace accident. In 2010 there were only 3.5 per 100.

The analyst says that the number of people applying for disability benefits has really grown since the economic downturn. For 22 years it had stayed relatively the same. He believes that disability benefits have turned into "the new unemployment benefit."

While some people may question his report and his methods, it is very possible that many people who are applying for workers' compensation and disability benefits are scamming the system. Not only does that make it more difficult for the people who are truly injured, but it is costing businesses a considerable amount of money; businesses that are going through the same economic downturn that disreputable applicants are going through.

Stay tuned for further updates from our workers' compensation defense firm ...

This post was for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Disability claims rise even as work injuries decline," Walter Hamilton, Aug. 22, 2012

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