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Permanent Disability Cuts – A Story a Day!

Posted on 15 August 2005 by admin

Monday, August 15, 2005

Contact: Mark Hayes, President, 714/396-5260

INJURED WORKERS LAUNCH “HORROR STORY A DAY”:
SPOTLIGHT HARM FROM GOVERNOR’S PERMANENT DISABILITY COMPENSATION CUTS
Horror Story #1: Mother of Three Loses 90%

SACRAMENTO – VotersInjuredatWork.org today launched a 19-day campaign spotlighting each day an injured California worker being harmed by the governor’s deep cuts in their permanent disability compensation. The “Permanent Disability Horror Story” campaign seeks to have the legislature and the governor agree to lessen the governor’s drastic reductions in the meager compensation injured workers receive. The legislative leaders promised to change the schedule during this year’s session. “These are the human faces of the Schwarzenegger permanent disability cuts,” said Mark Hayes, president of VotersInjuredatWork.org, an injured workers’ advocacy group, “The impacts of the governor’s reductions are horrible for injured workers. Injured workers can’t live in the state where they were injured at the job. Californians injured at work are losing their cars, their homes and their good credit under the governor’s ratings. There are just 19 days left for the Legislature and the governor to agree to change the Schwarzenegger Administration’s Permanent Disability Ratings Schedule (PDRS), which studies have shown make steep reductions in injured workers’ compensation. VotersInjuredatWork.org charges that the schedule “is inconsistent with SB 899, undermines the Legislature’s balanced approach to reform, and threatens to relegate thousands of workers to subsist on constitutionally inadequate benefits. We hope these human horror stories will help show the need for change.”

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