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Javier Ramirez began to educate Monfort workers about their legal right to get workers’ comp benefits after an injury at the plant. Many
workers don’t realize that such insurance even exists. The workers’ comp claim forms look intimidating, especially to people who don’t
speak any English and can’t read any language: Filing a claim, challenging a p owerful meatpacking company, and placing faith in the
American legal system requires a good deal of courage, especially for a recent immigrant.
When a workers’ comp claim involves an injury that is nearly impossible to refute (such as an on-the-job amputation), the meatpacking
companies generally agree to pay. But when injuries are less visible (such as those stemming from cumulative trauma) the meatpackers often
prolong the whole workers’ comp process through litigation, insisting upon hearings and filing seemingly endless appeals. Some of the most
painful and debilitating injuries are the hardest to prove.
Today it can take years for an injured worker to receive workers’ comp benefits....
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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