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Associated Press, Published August 13 2010

Report: Improve benefits for injured ND workers

BISMARCK — A new report suggests improving workers compensation benefits for some North Dakota employees who are injured on the job.

North Dakota lawmakers are reviewing the performance audit on Friday. The Workforce Safety and Insurance agency has it done every two years.

Under current law a worker might get a reduced benefit if his job injury worsens a medical problem the worker already has. It is called the "aggravation" law. Consultant Malcolm Dodge says it's unusual in the workers compensation industry.

The report says the law should be repealed, and workers should get full benefits in those cases. WSI estimates that would cost $4.8 million a year, and would require a 2.7 percent increase in insurance rates.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.