Insurance: How Much Is Your Arm Worth? Depends on Where You Work

March 06, 2015

There isn’t a federal minimum for worker’s compensation when it comes to losing a body part. ProPublica and NPR delve deep into the topic.

Jeremy Lewis and Josh Potter both lost their arms in similar accidents, but their monetary compensation varies by a large amount. Lewis, who lost his arm on a jobsite in Alabama, received $45,000, while across the border in Georgia, Potter received benefits that could surpass $740,000 over his lifetime.

The story includes an interactive graph that compares the “schedule of benefits” – a chart that divides up the human body “like an Angus beef chart” – of each state.

Check out how much each state will compensate for a worker’s injury at ProPublica.

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