California Department of Industrial Relations Supports Workers’ Compensation ReformBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on August 28, 2012 | In Workers Compensation News
The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) recently announced its support for a plan to reform workers’ compensation in CA to improve delivery of benefits to injured workers and those suffering from occupational illnesses, according to an article in the Sacramento Bee. The reforms are aimed at saving money, cutting court costs, and improving benefits, timeliness, and quality of care for injured and ill workers.
After meeting with labor leaders, employers, and other interested parties, the DIR determined that California’s workers’ compensation system is in need of reform in several ways. Some of the major problems the DIR identified include: small payments for permanent disabilities, delayed medical care over unnecessary disputes, erratic billing due to a lack of a standard fee schedule for medical procedures, lack of oversight of workers’ compensation health care providers, and a large number of lien cases in the courts.
The reform plan seeks to save money and redirect costs into helping injured workers directly by preventing the need for further increases in rates, by reducing costs for court liens and out-of-network treatment, and by reducing unnecessary delays in medical care. The DIR projects that changes will save Californians $1.3 billion in the first year, or just under 10 percent of the current costs of workers’ compensation insurance. This savings is split fairly evenly between employees and employers.
The Kenton Koszdin Law Office is dedicated to helping workers injured on the job in California get the benefits they need and deserve. If you’ve been injured, call one of our experienced Los Angeles County workers’ compensation lawyers at (800) 438-7734 today for a free consultation.