<br>When a worker is injured on the job in Colorado, his or her disability lawyer can file a claim for lost wages. That means if an accident causes you to miss work and the accident occurs on a worksite or is not your fault, you are likely entitled to compensation from the state based on your wages. The law in Colorado allows for these benefits but not all states are the same. Though different states work on compensation claims differently, the direction different states take with their compensation laws can be telling of general trends or where compensation laws go in our states.
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When a worker is injured on the job in Colorado, his or her worker disability lawyer can file a claim for lost wages. That means if an accident causes you to miss work and the accident occurs on a worksite or is not your fault, you are likely entitled to compensation from the state based on your wages. The law in Colorado allows for these benefits but not all states are the same. Though different states work on compensation claims differently, the direction different states take with their compensation laws can be telling of general trends or where compensation laws go in our states.
In Illinois, for example, Governor Bruce Rauner demands the makers of the law agree to what he calls a “Turnaround Agenda.” This agenda is classic political posturing, good branding, and a catchy title intended to do a lot of things that directly affect injured workers. Among other questions addressed in this agenda, it plans to limit settlements juries and judges can award in lawsuits and restrict workers’ compensation protection. In addition, he plans to get rid of prevailing wage laws.
Greeley workers’ compensation attorneys certainly work to find workers’ compensation coverage in an injured worker’s case, if at first an insurance company denies coverage for any number of reasons. For Illinois, a restriction of protection for injured workers could mean anything from restricting the kinds of injuries that are covered to limiting which workers can receive benefits. For example, usually someone has to work full time as an employee of a company to receive compensation benefits. Already, plenty of workers who are injured are denied compensation based on these requirements. Gov. Rauner proposes to restrict compensation benefits even more, making more work for workers’ compensation attorneys in Illinois.
Prevailing wage laws, or PWLs, are a requirement for local governments to pay the prevailing county wage on public projects. Those public projects are actually funded by taxpayers, so on paper this makes sense. Certainly, you wouldn’t want to over-pay workers on public projects because the extra money comes directly from the taxpayer’s pocket. The question of paying low wages on things people use every day as part of their lives (highways, for example) is another thing entirely. PWLs answer this question as well. By paying a standard wage based on county, builders can insure workers make a fair wage. It’s not astronomical but it’ll help people get by, which is all workers can honestly hope for worker’s compensation in many situations.
Think of PWLs as an emergency low, just in case a company contracted to work on a public project wants to lower wages for any reason. Taxpayer dollars are intended to create a minimum standard or comfort in an area. Governor Rauner wants to cut government spending and it seems like a good place to start is with PWLs. Studies, on the other hand, suggest PWLs do not present a significant cost to taxpayers and should not be pointed at when governments seek to cut government spending.
The Federal Highway Administration, a Colorado analysis of highway construction projects, and Pennsylvania’s Keystone Research center have all shown PWLs have zero negative impact on government costs. Just the opposite is true, according to Frank Manzo IV, the policy director of the Midwest Economic Policy Institute. A PWL makes sure the workforce that takes on a project is qualified and able to get the job done correctly, which is so important with public projects like highways specifically because, as mentioned, we all use those services daily to do everything from get to work to see family.
It seems like Governor Rauner’s plan for Illinois is based on cutting funding by reducing programs on which ordinary people rely. While all of us probably agree that fiscal responsibility is important, lawmakers and particularly executives have to pick their battles with the public good in mind.
Workers’ Compensation can be difficult, confusing, and very complex. Kaplan Morrell has helped thousands of injured workers since 1997 get the benefits they deserve. Contact our Denver Disability Attorneys Here or call us at(866) 356-9898 for your free consultation.