Depraved Indifference: The Workers' Compensation System
by Patrice Woeppel, Ed.D.
We have been waiting a long time for Patrice's book to be released. It will contain many family members experiences and Patrice's understanding of how the system works and what it will take to fix it. This book will add a new voice to the ranks, Patrice previously had no transactions with the system therefor no preconceived ideas and I feel this is a wonderful book for the families who will find acknowledgment and guideance and H&S to get a real feel for the families and injured.
Patrice has had a long career in hospital, health care and mental health administration, as well as serving on many state and community boards, and as a hospital board officer. But it was a fall with permanent injury, at a hospital at which she worked, that ended her career and created the impetus to write this book.All across America’s workplaces; workers are being injured, killed or exposed to toxic chemicals from which they are dying. An estimated 66,000 persons die each year from occupational illnesses and injuries in our country: An epidemic of monumental proportions. Almost a century after the introduction of Workers’ Compensation; workers, their families, communities – all pay the price for the devastating human and environmental consequences of this failure to hold corporations accountable for their actions.
The stories in Depraved Indifference are the stories of ordinary people. Discarded and forgotten by their employers, denied medical coverage by the workers’ compensation insurers; many have been left to die, slowly and agonizingly, unnoticed by all but the ones who really care - their grieving families.
Depraved Indifference represents over five years of research and interviews. It lays bare a Workers’ Compensation system that cavalierly exposes workers to severe injury, toxic exposure and death; while throwing the major cost unto the family and the taxpayer, without fear of lawsuit, prosecution or even public outcry. It is a call to action.
Expected pubic publication date is May, 2008