Experienced trial lawyers With The Resources To Handle Your Case
The national trial lawyers
Best law firms us news 2017
Super lawyers
Million dollar advocates forum
Multi million dollar advocates forum
AV preeminent martindale-hubbell lawyer ratings
Litigator awards

Should the federal government have more oversight in state workers’ compensation laws?

Few people who work for a living believe that the workers’ compensation program provides enough benefits. Yet year after year, many states are reducing the compensation available to injured workers and making the process increasingly difficult.

However, the federal government might be stepping in to help make sure injured workers get the help they need. Traditionally, workers’ compensation has been handled by the individual states, but it looks like this could be changing in the near future.

Is There Anything Being Done to Help Injured Workers?

According to a NPR news story, the Labor Department issued a new report on changes to state workers’ compensation laws. The report was a response to a letter written from 10 prominent Democratic lawmakers urging action from the Labor Department to protect workers who have suffered injuries.

The Labor Department’s report calls for the exploration of a greater degree of federal control over the state run programs, and claims the changes many states have enacted to their workers’ compensation programs have resulted in “the failure of state workers’ compensation systems to provide [injured workers] with adequate benefits.”

Some of the specific changes the report mentions include:

  • Limiting benefits
  • Reducing the likelihood of injured workers successfully completing the application process to receive benefits
  • Discouraging injured workers from applying to receive benefits

Whether actual action is taken at the federal level is unclear at this point, but the report is encouraging. With an agency like the Labor Department taking notice, the hope is that federal lawmakers will take some action to ensure that injured workers receive the benefits they need.

In the meantime, the best course of action for injured workers is to work with an experienced attorney who can help them through the process to receive the best compensation package possible.

FindLaw Network

$5.5 Million

Settlement for spinal injury caused by delivery company's negligent vehicle maintenance

$5 Million

Settlement for traumatic brain injury

$1.7 Million

Recovery for premise liability spinal cord injury, in which liability was disputed.

$1.55 Million

Workers’ compensation recovery for a partial leg amputation and traumatic brain injury, in which liability was disputed.

$1.2 Million

Settlement (Liability insurance limits) for death claim arising out of tractor trailer collision

$1 Million

Settlement for closed head injury/facial fractures due to negligent construction site practices

$1 Million

Arbitration award in death claim arising out of motor vehicle collision

$1 Million

Total workers' compensation settlement for injured worker who suffered orthopedic injuries and additional GI injuries due to prescription medications.


Settlement for head injury of injured worker caused by negligent operation of equipment by a non-employer contractor on the job site.


Settlement for ankle injury due to negligent dump truck operation


Recovery for a premise liability wrongful death and survival action, in which liability was disputed.


Workers’ compensation and personal injury recovery for foot injury and toe amputations.


Settlement for bilateral wrist injuries caused by the negligent operation of a tractor-trailer.


Workers’ compensation recovery for a fatal claim, in which liability was disputed.


Settlement for statutory cap of $500,000 for wrongful death of a worker who was killed when struck by a government-owned vehicle as well as policy limit for underinsured motorist coverage.


what our clients say about us

“I would like to sincerely thank you for your efforts in resolving my personal injury case. The consistent professionalism you and your firm provided demonstrated exactly how law is suppose to be handled. You helped to change my life and I will forever be in your debt.” - Satisfied Client
“It was not an easy road for us but we knew that we had a great attorney that cared about his clients. You are a fantastic attorney.”
“Just wanted to thank you again, so very much, for the TLC given us during our unfortunate situation; so greatly appreciated the ease and smoothness of handling things – you had so much to do!”
view more