Attorney Jeffrey E. Kaufman interviewed by Michigan Lawyers Weekly about opt-out movement and workers’ comp.
A nationwide movement has been started to attack workers’ compensation in all 50 states. It is funded by powerful special interest groups and the goal is to save money for big corporations. Michigan Lawyers Weekly has now picked up the story and interviewed Jeff Kaufman. Here are some quotes from the article.
“It’s an idea that goes against the ‘grand bargain’ that workers’ compensation is supposed to represent.”
“Workers gave up their right to a tort remedy in exchange for guaranteed but limited benefits.”
“Opt-out let’s employers rewrite the rule book and changes what is paid. Each plan different from the next with arbitrary restrictions on medical and wage loss. There is limited to no oversight and disputes get decided by adjudicators handpicked by the employer.”
“I think the ultimate goal is to get attorneys out of the workers’ compensation system.”
“Limit the recovery and make it so hard to prove a case that it becomes impossible to represent people.”
“It is hard to imagine why opt-out would be necessary in Michigan.”
“We have already gone through significant reform.”
“The pure premium advisory rate has declined 27.7% since 2011. This has saved employers an estimated $327 million. It seems like we are in a race to the bottom and workers are paying the price.”
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