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Workers comp insurance rates drop for ninth time

Premiums decrease thanks to council vote

July 28, 2013

PARKERSBURG — Workers compensation premiums will decrease as the result of a National Council on Compensation Insurance decision, the governor’s office said....

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Jul-31-13 5:18 PM

I agree that the legal pendulum has swung way too far away from injured workers. Legitimate requests are denied which forces litigation which results in delays of treatment and/or disability payments. The average person can not economically survive these delays. I believe that the reduction in premiums is being supported by the broken backs of injured workers who are being denied their rightful compensation benefits. Unfortunately, no one in state government seems to be truly interested in their financial or physical well being so as to become an advocate for their right to just treatment.

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Jul-29-13 9:13 AM

You're exactly right. I blew two disks in my back, but instead of signing up for disability, I went back to college. Three engineering degrees later, I have a nice cushy desk job. However, after nearly ten years, I'm still fighting Comp to get my back fixed. It's just another profitable insurance scheme.

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Jul-28-13 9:04 AM

It is a great thing for the state to have saved so much money. Lots of fraudulent claims were bankrupting this state for many years. The program is built for those that have been hurt on the job. As everything else goes, people took severe advantage of it. Now, legit claims get turned down, delayed etc. in hopes that those claims will simply go away. The insurance companies can simply deny claims even if they are established claims. If Gov. Tomblin wants to take credit for taking this program out of the red then he should also take credit for keeping those legitimate claimants in pain as the insurance companies continue to deny and hold up medicine due to those claimants. They are insurance companies. They have in house attorneys. We have to hire attorneys to protect ourselves. I have been forced to do that with legit claims.These insurance companies should use better parameters to decide who has a good claim and who does not. They are in business solely to make a profit

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