The Texas Tribune has continued its investigations of various aspects of its home state’s workers’ comp system, this time recounting the struggle employees have when an employer does not accurately report or record an injury and then a claim for benefits is made later. Tribune reporter Jim Malewitz explains, “In its report to the Legislature last year, the [Texas] Division of Workers’ Compensation touted a remarkable statistic: Texas workers are filing far fewer claims than they once did — a 31 percent drop over the past decade. The report offered many possible explanations for a trend that mirrors other states, including more safety awareness at job sites, stepped up watchdog efforts from state and federal regulators and new, safer technology. But in one clause of one sentence of its report, the division touched on another factor potentially at play: ‘the possibility of under-reporting workplace injuries and illnesses.’”
Read the feature here.