According to an in-depth report from ProPublica and a radio show on NPR, workers' compensation costs are the lowest they've been since the 1970s. Workers Compensation Insurance companies profits have dramatically increased while injured workers struggle to stay above the poverty line. The article and radio show reveal the results of an investigation that explored the drastic cuts to workers' compensation benefits across the U.S. Since 2003, 33 states have passed workers' comp laws that reduce benefits or make it more difficult for those with work related injuries and diseases to qualify for medical care and subsistence benefits. From the outset, workers' compensation laws were designed to provide a basic survival safety net for injured workers. In exchange, injured workers were prohibited from suing negligent employers or their insurance companies. The promise to provide a minimal compensation and medical care to injured workers is now being eroded in the interest of ever increasing profits for the insurance industry.
In suits at common law, trial by jury in civil cases is as essential to secure the liberty of the people as any one of the pre-existent rights of nature. - James Madison