How Trump May Affect Workers Comp Benefits
Ask the Los Angeles Workers Comp Attorneys:
What Effect Will Trump’s Administration Have on Workers Comp?
With so much political change in the air, anyone who is collecting any type of disability benefits is a little worried about what effect the new administration will have on their benefits.
Previously, our Los Angeles area disability attorneys discussed the potential effect the Trump Administration will have on Social Security benefits. But the topic of Trump’s effect on Social Security is more easily addressed because Social Security is a Federal program, over which Trump has direct authority.
The likely effect of the Trump Administration on Workers’ Compensation programs, however, is harder to determine, since workers’ compensation programs are State programs.
Even the experts disagree on what effect(s) if any Trump will have on Workers Compensation systems. But as experienced Los Angeles area Workers Comp attorneys who have handled hundreds of Workers Comp cases, we have some insight into what to “watch out for” in the next four years.
Repealing Obama Care May Affect Workers’ Comp
To start with, the repeal of “Obamacare” (The Affordable Healthcare Act) could have an indirect but profound impact on Workers Compensation applicants. If a disabled individual’s worker’s compensation claim is denied (and must be appealed) or is delayed – and they are unable to obtain health insurance – the results could be devastating.
Additionally, the new replacement for Obamacare includes language that expressly bars coverage for treatment of any work related injury by personal health policies or group health insurance policies. So if you were injured at work – but your workers’ comp claim is denied or delayed – you simply may not be able to get medical treatment because your health insurer will be prohibited from covering it!
Federal Spending Cuts May Affect Workers’ Comp
Additionally, struggles between the Brown Administration and Trump are very likely to lead to disputes about federal dollar allocations.
If Federal Dollars are cut in other areas, this will make California’s financial situation worse overall – which will tangentially affect the State funded workers’ comp system.
Immigration Crackdown May Affect Workers’ Comp
Currently under California law, all workers – whether or not they are legally authorized to work in the United States – are protected by the state laws regulating working conditions. This means that undocumented workers CAN collect Workers Compensation if a work related injury renders them unable to work.
However, with the new administration’s stand on undocumented workers – including potential deportations, expansion of E-Verify, and increased workplace raids – undocumented workers are less likely than ever to apply for the workers compensation benefits that they deserve.
Our Los Angeles Area Workers Comp Attorneys Can Help
If you have questions about applying for or collecting Workers Compensation, call our experienced Los Angeles Area Workers’ Comp Attorneys. We will offer you a FREE CONSULTATION to make sure that you are doing everything possible to speed up your Workers Compensation claim – and make sure that you have the very best chance of being approved for Workers Compensation benefits.
Los Angeles Area Workers’ Comp Attorneys: 800-964-8047
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