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Reexamining workers' compensation: A human rights perspective†
Article first published online: 8 MAY 2012
Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Special Issue: Re-thinking Workers' Compensation: The Human Rights Perspective
Volume 55, Issue 6, pages 483–486, June 2012
How to Cite
Boden, L. I. (2012), Reexamining workers' compensation: A human rights perspective. Am. J. Ind. Med., 55: 483–486. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22054
- Issue published online: 8 MAY 2012
- Article first published online: 8 MAY 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 5 APR 2012
- workers' compensation;
- human rights;
- social policy
Injured workers, particularly those with more severe injuries, have long experienced workers' compensation systems as stressful and demeaning, have found it difficult to obtain benefits, and, when able to obtain benefits, have found them inadequate. Moreover, the last two decades have seen a substantial erosion of the protections offered by workers' compensation. State after state has erected additional barriers to benefit receipt, making the workers' compensation experience even more difficult and degrading. These changes have been facilitated by a framing of the political debate focused on the free market paradigm, employer costs, and worker fraud and malingering. The articles in this special issue propose an alternate framework and analysis, a human rights approach, that values the dignity and economic security of injured workers and their families. Am. J. Ind. Med. 55:483–486, 2012. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.