Why the workers’ comp system has failed survivors of San Bernardino terror attack
By Suzanne Hurt
Struggles endured by survivors of the Dec. 2, 2015, San Bernardino terrorist attack throw an unflattering spotlight on California’s workers’ compensation system and San Bernardino County.
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Changes in workers’ comp laws have led to big savings for insurance companies, but made it increasingly difficult for injured workers to get the help they need.
And the county “put dollars ahead of people” and showed “ignorance and a complete lack of empathy” by denying or delaying some treatment, said state Sens. Jeff Stone, R-Temecula, and Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara.
The worker’s comp system just wasn’t designed to treat people injured in such attacks or other workplace violence.
The survivors’ plight, which came to light a year ago, inspired newly elected Assemblywoman Eloise Reyes to introduce a bill to help them when she was sworn in Dec. 5, 2016.