Rubio Says California’s Workers’ Compensation System Needs Fixing
(And she’s right!)
Countless people with legitimate work-related injuries have to jump through
innumerable hoops and put up a long fight in order to gain access to the
fair compensation they deserve—but leaders like democratic Assembly
Member Blanca Rubio are calling for change. Rubio illustrates the insurmountable
challenges injured workers in California face by using her mother as an example.
“My mom is in her 70's and still works five days a week as a
housekeeper in the San Gabriel Valley, often working long hours that put
a strain on her body,” Rubio says. “If she gets hurt and has
to file a claim, she'll be entitled to benefits under the workers'
compensation system. But we know it's not that easy.”
Rubio continues, saying, her mother will have to “jump through hoops,
have her claims denied and be subjected to myriad delays because of a
variety of issues which need to be addressed.”
Rubio then goes on to cite a new report which reveals that an astonishing
82 percent of previously denied workers’ comp claims have ultimately
been reversed in favor of injured claimants. In the end, this bodes well
for injured workers, but it also showcases the unacceptable delay and
the long, uphill battle claimants face when seeking fair payment, as well
as the unnecessary spending by insurance companies who deny workers’
compensation claims and reverse their decisions later.
Rubio Requests Legislative Intervention & Audits of Workers’
Rubio says she intends to remedy this by requesting that the legislature
perform an official audit on all workers’ compensation denials and
delays in order to reduce costs for all parties involved and increase
the chances of expeditiously providing due compensation for injured workers.
She explains the positive effects such auditing may have, stating, “If
approved to go forward, the audit by the California State Auditor will
examine the efficiency of the delivery of medical care under the work
comp system for those who are employed to work in California's correctional
facilities and compare these findings to the medical care delivery systems
provided to prisoners who are injured while performing prison work.”
Rubio goes on to say, “I think this will be a wake-up call to anyone
paying attention that we need to fix the workers' compensation system
to better serve injured workers. Californians deserve to be treated fairly
under the law and deserve to receive fair and just medical treatment under
the workers' compensation system.”
Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Serving Injured Workers in Santa Clarita
Law Offices of Wax & Wax, we provide skillful, compelling legal representation for people who are
having trouble recovering the funds they need to make up for costs associated
with work injuries. We can help you fight unfair
claim denial, ensure all your paperwork is completed appropriately and on time, and
help you make sure you aren’t left to foot the bill on your own.
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