The Center for Injured Workers, Inc. was created to help injured workers defend themselves against unscrupulous workers compensation insurance carriers who abuse, humiliate, and deny medical and indemnity benefits to injured workers. The enactment of the Workers’ Compensation Reform Act of 1989 made it extremely difficult for injured workers to get attorney representation. The Act prohibited insurance carriers from paying attorney fees and instead mandated that injured employees pay attorney fees from their meager workers’ compensation weekly benefits. If the injured worker receives no income benefits, or is only
entitled to medical benefits, or only requires clinical and/or laboratory tests, the injured
worker has no ability to pay for attorney representation and is at the mercy of the carrier.