MarketWatch compiled a state by state analysis of workers’ comp payments for individual body parts, in reaction to the ProPublica “Insult to Injury” series highlighting such disparities. The slideshow presents the maximum compensation for a particular amputative loss on average across the United States, plus the federal compensation rate for that injury, and then highlights states with particularly high or low recovery, based on that (fed rate exclusive) national average. Nevada’s compensation rates are often at the top of the scale while Alabama’s are considerably below average. In one example which illustrates the difference between federal and state benefits: a foot is “worth” $91,779 max on average in the U.S. but the federal comp program pays $386,771. Even the highest state comp rate for a foot – Maryland at $251,802 – is a significant reduction from the federal figures.
Access the entire presentation from MarketWatch here.