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The Aim of Workers' Comp Bills

July 17, 1993|STUART SILVERSTEIN | TIMES STAFF WRITER

A: A little-noticed clause would allow the workers' compensation courts to fine anyone involved in the system up to $2,500, along with expenses, for "bad-faith actions, frivolous tactics or tactics solely intended to cause unnecessary delay." If actively enforced, that could go a long way toward improving the way the system is administered.

Reform Package

Responding to out-of-control costs that business leaders said were driving industry out of California, the Legislature and Gov. Pete Wilson on Friday approved measures overhauling the workers compensation system. It will be harder for some injured workers to obtain benefits. But for those who qualify, payments will be higher.

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Friday July 23, 1993 Home Edition Business Part D Page 2 Column 5 Financial Desk 3 inches; 72 words Type of Material: Correction
Workers' Compensation Benefits--A chart Saturday incorrectly stated the new benefit structure for injured workers in the workers' compensation reform bills signed into law last week by Gov. Pete Wilson. The correct figures are:
Weekly benefits Current 1994* 1995* 1996* Temp. total disability $336 $406 $448 $490 0-14% disability $140 $140 $140 $140 15-24% disability $140 $148 $154 $160 25-69% disability $148 $158 $164 $170 70-99% disability $148 $168 $198 $230 Life pension $64 $94 $124 $154
* Effective July 1
GRAPHIC-TABLE: Workers' Compensation Benefits

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NEW BENEFITS FORMULA

Here is how workers' compensation benefits will change under the bills passed Friday:

Weekley benefits Current 1994* 1995* 1996* Total disability $336 $406 $448 $490 10-24% disability $140 $148 $154 $160 24-69% disability $148 $158 $164 $170 70-99% disability $148 $168 $198 $230 Life pension $64 $94 $124 $154

Two Three or more Death benefits Single dependents dependents Current $95,000 $115,000 $115,000 July 1, 1994 $115,000 $135,000 $150,000 July 1, 1996** $125,000 $145,000 $160,000

* Effective July 1. ** No increases in 1995.

Compiled by Tmes Researcher TRACY THOMAS Source: Senate-Assembly conference committee on workers' compensation

Employers' Skyrocketing Costs

Both workers compensation insurance premiums and the expenses incurred by firms that pay injury-related costs themselves have increased dramatically over the last decade.

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Sources: Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau and California Workers' Compensation Institute. * Main Story, A1

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