Reforming Workers' Comp

The editorial makes several good points, but then falls down when it calls vocational rehabilitation and permanent disability benefits "overlapping."

If a construction worker loses three fingers, but is retrained through vocational rehabilitation into another occupation, he should also receive compensation for the injury. The Times believes he is fully compensated if retrained. The workers' compensation system does not compensate for pain and suffering. It does, however, provide a permanent disability award based on a disability rating from 1% to 100%. The man who loses three fingers deserves both the compensation and vocational rehabilitation.

To call the benefits duplicative is irresponsible.



For The Record Los Angeles Times Sunday January 12, 1992 Home Edition Sports Part D Page 10 Sports Desk 1 inches; 25 words Type of Material: Correction All-Stars--Because of a captioning error, the pictures of Loyola High's Matt Vanis and John Stonehouse were reversed in The Times Central City All-Star football team.
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