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Perspectives from Injured Workers

By Kimberly George and Mark Walls
Many stakeholders in the workers’ compensation industry have been engaged in conversations regarding opportunities to improve the workers’ compensation system. The perspective of injured workers has been lacking in these conversations. This perspective has been difficult to obtain because there really are no respected “injured worker” advocacy groups such as there are in the group health setting. Attorneys and unions are not the true voice of the injured worker – they have their own sets of priorities. The voice of the injured worker is an important one. It will help us gain a deeper understanding of the challenges in the workers’ compensation setting as well as give us greater empathy for what they are facing. 
At the 2016 Comp Laude Gala, the Alliance of Women in Workers’ Compensation sponsored a session featuring injured workers talking about their struggles. It was an extremely powerful and moving experience that left few dry eyes in the packed room…

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