North Dakota consistently has the lowest workers’ compensation rates in the country, yet it is the land of broken promises for injured workers, according to an article by Bismarck lawyer Dean Haas in the current issue of the North Dakota Law Review, a triannual publication by the University of North Dakota School of Law. Haas worked for the state’s workers’ compensation program from 1984 to 1995, but has represented injured workers since 2010. Haas’ 67 page treatise addresses a variety of legal issues with the North Dakota state-administered workers’ comp program, known as Workforce Safety and Insurance, (WSI) Issues addressed include the “Pain Bill,” adversarial litigation strategies on the WSI side and biased determinations of disability and medical necessity. Haas writes: “Employees attracted to North Dakota find that if they are unfortunate enough to suffer a work injury here, their financial health is as devastated as their physical being. Admittedly, not all physical injuries can be prevented. But human virtue requires North Dakota live up to its promise of ‘sure and certain relief.’”
Read Haas’ piece in full here.