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The lack of correspondence between work-related disability and receipt of workers' compensation benefits†
Article first published online: 23 JAN 2012
Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Special Issue: Re-thinking Workers' Compensation: The Human Rights Perspective
Volume 55, Issue 6, pages 487–505, June 2012
How to Cite
Spieler, E. A. and Burton, J. F. (2012), The lack of correspondence between work-related disability and receipt of workers' compensation benefits. Am. J. Ind. Med., 55: 487–505. doi: 10.1002/ajim.21034
Disclosure Statement: The authors report no conflicts of interests.
- Issue published online: 8 MAY 2012
- Article first published online: 23 JAN 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 14 OCT 2011
- workers' compensation;
- permanent impairments;
- activities of daily living (ADLs);
- work disability;
- proof of causation;
- occupational diseases;
- exclusive remedy
Previous studies suggest that many persons with disabilities caused by work do not receive workers' compensation benefits.
Data from surveys of persons with disabilities were used to estimate the proportion of disability due to work-related injuries and diseases. Studies examining the proportion of workers with work-related disability who received workers' compensation benefits were reviewed. Legal and other factors explaining the lack of receipt of workers' compensation benefits were examined.
Many workers with disabilities caused by work do not receive workers' compensation benefits. The obstacles to compensation include increasingly restrictive rules for compensability in many state workers' compensation programs.
A substantial proportion of persons with work-related disabilities do not receive workers' compensation benefits. The solutions to this problem, such as providing healthcare to workers regardless of the source of injuries or diseases, are complicated and controversial, and will be difficult to implement. Am. J. Ind. Med. 55:487–505, 2012. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.