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1997 Interview with Benjamin Marcus, 1st President of NACCA/ATLA

on the history of workers' compensation laws

Watch video on WILG's YouTube Channel



Over the past decade, states have slashed workers’ compensation benefits, denying injured workers help when they need it most and shifting the costs of workplace accidents to taxpayers.


Part 1 of ProPublica Article Here


Part 2 - How Much Is Your Arm Worth


Part 3 - Injured Workers Share Stories of Harm


On Tuesday, 5/5, the Illinois House convened a committee of the whole for a hearing on work comp. An injured worker from Oklahoma, who was featured in a previous ProPublica piece, provided testimony. Here's an article in response to the hearing:


OSHA Report: "Adding Inequality to Injury: The Costs of Failing to Protect Workers On The Job"


2014 Top Ten Workers’ Compensation Fraud Cases


By Leonard T. Jernigan, Jr.

for the North Carolina Work Comp Journal


Dr. Joel Morton's WorkCompWire Article


Every day brings another headline about a fatal overdose on painkillers, a celebrity who’s hooked, or a serious crime driven by addiction. Sadly, injured workers are among those addicted. Since 1990, opioid overdose deaths have tripled. It’s easy to blame doctors who prescribe painkillers, but only 17 percent of abused opioids are abused by legitimate patients with legitimate prescriptions. Physicians are doing their best, trying to treat pain without withholding needed medications, but that only helps so much.

Dr. Joel Morton of Summit Pharmacy takes a closer look at the issue and in the following article discusses a few policy changes that could go a long way to stem opioid abuse:


Let's Stop Inviting Opioid Addiction



Top Injured Workers' Attorneys


The Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group's Top Injured Workers' Attorneys
program is an invitation only, professional recognition program comprised of
America’s leading attorneys representing injured workers.

Click on the title above to learn more and view list of those inducted into this program.


2014 Convention Interviews


At our Annual Convention in Santa Barbara in October, WILG was joined by the production staff of Legal Talk Network, an online legal podcast company. Along with WILG member and officer Alan Pierce, host of the podcast Workers’ Comp Matters, a series of Special Reports were recorded and available on the links below, featuring many of the CLE presenters speaking on a variety of timely topics.


Highlights and Interviews from the 2014 Workers Injury Law and Advocacy Group Conference


Lewis Heller on the History of Workers’ Compensation Law


Steven Birnbaum and Amie Peters on Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Law


Billie-Marie Morrison on Social Media Ethical Considerations


Gilda Mariani on Employer Misclassification Fraud


Bruce Goldstein on Immigration Policy and Migrant Workers


Scott Trost and Nate Mudd on Mesothelioma Cases


Jane-Robin Wender on the Padgett Case and Florida’s Laws


Interview with Keynote Speaker Jason Schechterle


George Santini on Opting out of Workers’ Compensation


Annemarie Pantazis on the Affordable Care Act



2014-15 Leaders



Michael A. Galpern

Cherry Hill, NJ


Matthew J. Belcher

Chicago, IL


Alan S. Pierce

Salem, MA


Michael Gruber

Brooklyn, NY


Past President

Charles R. Davoli

Baton Rouge, LA




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Welcome to the Home of the Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group!


Dedicated to Protecting the Rights of Injured Workers


Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group is the national non-profit membership organization dedicated to representing the interests of millions of workers and their families who, each year, suffer the consequences of workplace injuries and illnesses.  The group acts principally to assist attorneys and non-profit groups in advocating the rights of injured workers through education, communication, research,

and information gathering.

WILG was founded in 1995 by a small group of  claimants' attorneys and has grown into an organization of nearly 1,000 members representing every state in the nation.  Our members include sole practitioners, attorneys from multi-lawyer firms and paralegals.  WILG works everyday to make sure that as the challenges that face injured workers change, we evolve to meet those new challenges.  Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group has grown into an important, national voice for workers.  WILG’s members are committed to improving the quality of legal representation to those injured on the job or victims of occupational illness by superior legal education and by keeping informed of legislative and judicial proceedings.



WILG 40th Anniversary of 1972 WVC Commission Symposium


View National Commission WC History Video Here


WILG held a Symposium commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the National Commission on State Workmen's Compensation Laws, on Thursday, July 26, 2012, at the Hilton Chicago Hotel.  The National Commission, appointed by the Nixon Administration, issued its report in July 1972, describing the states' workers' compensation laws "in general neither adequate nor equitable," recommending minimal federal standards to cure the deficiency.  This led to a decade when most states significantly improved their laws to avoid the federal standards.   Since then, however, workers' compensation benefits have been cut back and compensability rules tightened.    The program featured a star-studded group of speakers, including 3 Commissioners, who addressed what needs be done to restore the adequacy of workers' compensation programs and how best to get that done.

Contact Juli Gaston at to obtain the symposium materials



WILG Report on Employer and Insurer Fraud

Employers and workers’ compensation carriers have engaged in a relentless media campaign to advance the notion of employee fraud. Empirical evidence suggests, however, that employee fraud is negligible and that employer and insurer fraud is the REAL problem.  To learn more please read WILG's newest report, Employer and Insurer Fraud: Boosting Bottom Line Profits at the Expense of Workers and Society.