The city of Philadelphia has been finding itself in some hot water over the amount of workers' compensation settlements it has been handing out over the past few years. However, there are numerous important aspects to the situation that the media attention has overlooked, as they focus almost exclusively on the fact that it is taxpayer money that make up the settlement payments.
City Pays Over One Million Dollars in Workers' Compensation Claims
Since the beginning of 2015, the city of Philadelphia has paid over $1 million in workers' compensation claims. It is a simple and straightforward fact, and it has been getting a lot of local media attention through the Philadelphia area, with newspapers and local magazines decrying how it is a waste of taxpayer money. However, the outrage overlooks the fact that these workers' compensation payments are not that high, for a city the size of Philadelphia, and that these payments are not just a waste of taxpayer money.
Amount in Workers' Compensation Payments is Not Outrageous
To nearly anyone, even a city like Philadelphia, a million dollars is not a small amount of money. But for a city that directly employs about 25,000 people, paying out a million dollars over the course of more than a year and a half is not especially outrageous. People get hurt on the job on a regular basis or win in court on claims that they were discriminated against by their supervisors or harassed by their co-workers. With so many workers under one umbrella, the amount of money paid in these settlements is bound to be high.
Even then, the one million dollar figure itself is inflated because $500,000 of it was contained in one particularly egregious case of sexual harassment, involving numerous members of the city's fire department. Taking out that single case makes the total workers' compensation figure significantly less infuriating to watchdogs tracking taxpayer money.
Workers' Compensation Payments Are Never a Waste
But even these arguments look past the most important issue: Workers' compensation payments are never a waste of money. They are compensating workers' for the trials and tribulations that they have dealt with while on the clock, helping them cope with the struggles and difficulties that their professional lives have had on their personal ones.
It should not matter whether the money comes from a private employer or the taxpayers: Whenever a worker is physically, mentally, or emotionally hurt while on the job, that worker deserves a fair and just compensation package from his or her employer to ensure they make a full recovery.
Benassi & Benassi Fights for You
Workers' compensation claims do not just happen to the city of Philadelphia. Here in Illinois, people get injured in the workplace, as well. If you have been through an ordeal at work that has made you suffer more than you think is reasonable, contact the workers' compensation attorneys at Benassi & Benassi online or at (309) 276-0601.