Economic Crisis – Loss of Jobs in CT – Due to Workers Compensation Claims -  April 20, 2011, Hartford

Hartford Region - There is a push at the State Capitol to reduce benefits to Workers Compensation Claimants.  The 1.2 billion dollar management has long been exhausted by excess claimants, resulting  driving most all jobs from the state. 

Injured Workers are the cause of Wall St. and major bank meltdowns, along with the decline in real estate values. 

Gas prices and highway maintenance expenses have soared due to excess demand for doctors visits of injured workers driving all over trying to get medical help.  We are all paying for these claims.

“Clearly the gashing Workers Compensation reforms of 1991, 1993, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 have not been enough to discourage workers from filing claims and eroding insurance company profits”.   

“We must do more to eliminate all claims in the system if we expect to continue our large salaries” said the Commissioner.

Officials warn of the perils of insurance companies and state agencies leaving for South Carolina and Texas, two notorious states being most friendly to them and harsh on claimants who are considered criminal by most claims adjusters. 

If this final exodus were to occur however, Governor Dannel Malloy would likely assure us that the remaining 5,000 lawyers working for the state with earning capacity in excess of $ 130,000 each, could handle everything as the lawyers are running the state anyway.  

A representative from Injuredworkersday.org/ reports that the consensus among Connecticut workers is thus:  “We the willing, doing the impossible for the ungrateful, have done so much, for so long, with so little, we remain qualified to do anything with nothing”.

Wealthy business owners and the Governor want to know who will be left to buy their oceanfront mansions and yachts.