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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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An Evaluation of New Mexico Workers' Compensation Permanent Partial Disability and Return to Work

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ISBN13: 9780833030856
ISBN: 083303085X
Published: November 2001
Publisher: RAND
Format: Paperback
Price: £14.99

Sizing up the adequacy and equity of disability benefits for the state's injured workers The New Mexico workers' compensation system has been widely regarded as a success story since it was significantly reformed a decade ago. Workers' compensation costs for the state's employers are among the lowest in the country, insurer profits are among the highest, and the system is among the least litigious. Given this environment, this book evaluates the adequacy and equity of workers' compensation indemnity for New Mexico workers receiving permanent partial disability benefits. The authors compare outcomes for workers with partially disabling occupational injuries in New Mexico with outcomes for their counterparts in California, Washington, Oregon, and Wisconsin. After controlling for differences across the five states, New Mexico's replacement rates fall in the middle; however, benefits for sustained earnings losses are not adequate by the commonly cited standard of two-thirds pre-tax wage replacement. Scheduled injuries, which include primarily injuries to the arms and legs, are less adequately compensated than unscheduled injuries, which are primarily injuries to the back. The duration

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