It really is amazing how hard legislators have made it to acquire workers' compensation benefits here in California. 10 years ago, new rules were passed that significantly impacted workers' comp applicants, putting them at a disadvantage. Even if the legislation wasn't necessarily meant to discourage people from applying, it probably has had such a side effect.
All types of workers' comp benefits were limited or reduced in some way. For example, the maximum amount of time on temporary disability was reduced to 104 weeks, while permanent disability recipients saw the vocational rehabilitation stipend of up to $16,000 removed in favor of a retraining voucher. In total, the approval of Senate 899 completely changed the way injured workers are treated here in California, and that's a shame.