Surprise! Insurance defense attorneys got more money, employees got less in 2012

The State of Alaska Division of Workers Compensation released 2012 Annual Report: http://labor.alaska.gov/wc/forms/2012AR.pdf.

It shows that the insurance companies are paying their attorneys more than they were paid in 2011.  The insurance defense attorneys received 10.3 million dollars in 2012.  Doctors were paid more too: 176 million dollars in 2012.  But employee's disability benefits (temporary total disability, temporary partial disability, permanent partial impairment, permanent total disability), that amount went down 2.5% despite the fact that compensation rates were raised (See Bulletins 10-04 and 11-06 at the Board's website).

That means fewer employees are getting less money while defense attorneys and doctors are getting paid more.  In the words of Father Guido Sarducci, "Coincidenza?"