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Senate passes law changing how injured workers are compensated

February 10, 2005
By: Tim Carnahan
State Capital Bureau
Links: SB1

The Senate has passed a bill changing how injured workers receive compensation. Tim Carnahan has more from the Capitol.

The new law blocks injured workers on unemployment from receiving worker's compensation.

Supporters say that provision helps discourage employee fraud.

But, Saint Louis County Senator Timothy Green, a Democrat, says the law saves insurance companies money and is unfair to workers.

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RunTime: 13secs
OutCue: "...unemployment compensation."
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Republican Saint Louis County Senator John Loudon says lowering compensation costs will bring more business, and more jobs, to Missouri.

From the State Capitol, I'm Tim Carnahan.

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The Senate has passed a bill restricting how injured workers receive compensation. Tim Carnahan has more from the Capitol.

The law narrows who is eligible for compensation of job-related injuries.

Workers injured on the way to and from work could not get benefits.

Rules about pre-existing injuries aggravated at the workplace were also tightened.

Democratic Senator Timothy Green, Saint Louis County, says the bill hurts workers and does not address the role of insurance companies in setting costs.

Actuality:GREENT1
RunTime: 8secs
OutCue: "...address the increased costs."
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The bill also blocks injured workers on unemployment from receiving compensation.

Supporters say that will stop employee fraud.

From the State Capitol, I'm Tim Carnahan.

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The Senate has passed a bill changing how injured workers receive compensation and the burden of proof is on the employee. Tim Carnahan has more from the Capitol.

The bill tightens eligibility for compensation for work-related injuries.

Republican Saint Louis County Senator John Loudon says workers must now prove injuries were the result of the workplace.

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RunTime: 8secs
OutCue: "...prove your case."
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Supporters say narrowing who is eligible should lower costs to employers and insurance companies.

Critics say costs may not decrease if injured workers not receiving benefits file lawsuits.

Under the new law injured workers are also blocked from receiving both unemployment benefits and disability compensation.

From the State Capitol, I'm Tim Carnahan.