Dr. Richard A. Victor is a senior fellow with the Sedgwick Institute. He is the former president and CEO of the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), an independent, not-for-profit research organization that he founded.
Workers’ compensation systems have been a central and meaningful part of our social safety net for over 100 years. This longevity was accomplished despite social and economic change and technology revolutions, through wartime and peacetime, economic crises, etc. Two features have been central to this enviable record of continuity. The first is a fundamental and […]
As national conversations occur about the direction of workers’ compensation (WC) systems, I sometimes hear comments that “WC systems are broken.” Rarely are public programs either all black or all white. The material below summarizes relevant information from a variety of published Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) studies about how most workers fare in WC systems. How […]
Your employee was just injured at work. He is in pain, cannot perform regular job duties and is unsure how quickly he can return to work. His mortgage, medical care and kid’s tuition payments are due next month. It is a vulnerable time for him, with substantial uncertainty. When a football player goes down on […]