injured workers News

Viewpoint: Empathy, Compassion and Confidence for Better Outcomes

Humanitarianism deals with actively working to improve the happiness and welfare of others. The concepts of humanitarianism and advocacy are actually integral to the workers’ compensation industry, as we’re in the unique position to offer solutions that are truly win-win …

Analysis: Recession, Fear of Job Loss, and Return to Work

With the COVID-19 virus causing economic disruption, The Workers’ Compensation Research Institute would like to share the findings from a study we published in 2010 that sheds light on how a typical recession affects the return to work of injured …

Viewpoint: Automation Makes Time for Scalable Compassion

The modern workers’ compensation system was devised to provide a guarantee of care and medical treatment to injured workers from their employers. Organizations also are expected to offer guidance on the resources available to injured workers as well as how …

Nominees for Nebraska Workers’ Comp Court Picked

Nebraska’s Judicial Nominating Commission for the Workers’ Compensation Court has forwarded the names of three nominees to Gov. Dave Heineman for his consideration. The nominees are Shirley Williams and Anne Winner, both of Lincoln, and Julie Martin, of Omaha. The …

Ohio Appeals Ruling That Employers Were Overcharged

The state is appealing a court ruling that says Ohio’s state insurance fund for injured workers set up an illegal rating system that resulted in employers being overcharged nearly $860 million over several years. The unanimous decision by the 8th …

OSHA Says Connecticut Commuter Railroad Violated Injured Workers’ Rights

Federal labor officials say Metro-North Railroad violated anti-discrimination law by disciplining seven Connecticut employees for staying home on doctors’ orders. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Tuesday that between 2011 and 2013 the commuter railroad issued written warnings to …

Alaska Targets Mid-2015 for Workers’ Comp Changes

A new method of paying medical fees for injured workers under the state workers’ compensation program won’t be in place until mid-2015, and it will take more time for insurance companies to judge any effects on lowering costs so that …

Narcotics Dispensed by Doctors Linked to Poor Outcomes in Workers’ Comp Claims

A new study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine reveals a negative impact on medical costs, indemnity costs and lost time from work on workers’ compensation claims when physicians, rather than pharmacies, dispense narcotic-related drugs to injured workers …

Indiana Injured Worker Medical Costs Rising: WCRI

The costs per claim of medical care for injured workers in Indiana were higher than most states and growing faster, according to a new 16-state report from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The study, CompScopeMedical Benchmarks for Indiana 14th …

Transitional Employment Service Leads to New Skills, Career for Injured Worker

ReEmployAbility, a national provider of specialty early return-to-work (RTW) services and transitional employment programs, has successfully matched thousands of injured workers with temporary modified duty assignments at its partner local nonprofit organizations. In most cases, a successful outcome means the …