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Unformatted text preview: During that time, he or she must pay medical bills and
find a source of income. Many rely on public assistance. The ability of meatpacking firms to delay payment discourages many injured
workers from ever filing workers’ comp claims. It leads others to accept a reduced sum of money as part of a negotiated settlement in order
to cover medical bills. The system now leaves countless unskilled and uneducated manual workers poorly compensated for injuries that will
forever hamper their ability to earn a living. The few who win in court and receive full benefits are hardly set for life. Under Colorado’s new
law, the payment for losing an arm is $36,000. An amputated finger gets you anywhere from $2,200 to $4,500, depending on which one is
lost. And “serious permanent disfigurement about the head, face, or parts of the body normally exposed to public view” entitles you to a
maximum of $2,000.
As workers’ comp benefits have become more difficult to obtain, the threat to workplace safety has grown more serious. Dur...
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
- Spring '08