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Workers' comp is a frayed safety net, two reports say
Workers' comp is a frayed safety net, two reports say

If you're going to lose a limb at work, try to avoid doing it in Alabama. That's the gist of a new investigative report by ProPublica, partnered with National Public Radio, which explores the inequities and blatant unfairness within the workers' compensation system (Alabama has the nation's lowest benefits). The business world likes to complain that workers' comp insurance rates are too high, and the system too prone to abuse. But as the ProPublica/NPR report found, "over the past decade ... state after state has slashed workers’ comp benefits, driven by calls from employers and insurers to lower costs. In fact, employers are now paying the...

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