In March, ProPublica in collaboration with National Public Radio, looked into the discrepancy between what employers would compensate employees injured on the job.
The story focuses on Jeremy Lewis and Josh Potter. Both Lewis and Potter got injured at work due to machinery, resulting in both men losing a portion of their left arm. Both are in their mid-20s, have two children, and were married. Yet, they lived in different states. Lewis, living in Alabama, received $45,000 in compensation, while Potter, living in Georgia, could have received over $740,000. Compensation is determined by a variety of factors from the injured body part, wages, hours worked, etc.
This disparity grimly illustrates the geographic lottery that governs compensation for workplace injuries in America.
Check the interactive chart to see the maximum benefit you’d receive for a specific injury in a specific state.