There’s a fantastic podcast out there called Workers Comp Matters, hosted by attorneys Alan and Judson Pierce as part of the Legal Talk Network. The podcast covers legal issues surrounding worker’s compensation claims, shares recent rulings, and discusses broad areas of the applicable law, including contracts, constitutional issues, changes brought on by the current administration, and more. I highly recommend it.
Staying abreast of all the legal ins and outs of worker’s compensation claims is mandatory in today’s business environment. Of course the best strategy of all is to forestall claims before they’re filed. As corporate counsel, part of your job is to advise your executive team on ways to avoid these sorts of legal entanglements. What should be posted? What should leadership say and not say to employees? What are the company’s record keeping requirements, which are designed to protect both the employer and the employee? Are they being followed? Should a work injury occur, what are the exact steps managers should take?
As you know, some of these measures are designed to prevent workplace injuries before they happen, which is the best form of protection. Inadequate training, supervision, or communication can all result in poor outcomes, and those areas are the employer’s responsibility to design well, oversee and correct.
What can an employer do to mitigate employee discomfort before it turns into a worker’s compensation claim?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016, a significant percentage of workers in private industry had multiple days out of work due to soreness and pain. What if employers could use this statistic to catch worker’s comp cases before they were actually filed?
By providing on-site discomfort mitigation services to employees, employers can help employees manage their discomfort or even eliminate it completely, keep them safer and focused on their jobs, and reduce not just the costs associated with worker’s compensation claims, but all the other costs associated with poor employee health.
Take, for example, the case of Monmouth Medical Center in Lakewood, NJ, where a change in internal employee healthcare—something you’d think a hospital would be especially good at—resulted in a significant reduction in cases, days out of work, and all of the associated costs. In fact, costs were reduced by a factor of almost ten.
What was the change? A “gatekeeper” team of an occupational physician and a worker’s comp specialist was put in place to track every injury that took place and run it to ground. With intense focus on detail and data tracking and analysis, Monmouth was able to make giant strides in its battle to care for employees in a meaningful way and reduce the costs of injury to both the hospital and its employees.
Could your organization benefit from a more fully featured employee care program? Physical Performance Solutions can provide a free, on-site analysis to explore the possibilities.