Whether you are an employer or an employee, it is important to understand the facts about workers’ compensation.
According to NOLO Law for All, the definition of workers’ compensation is “Workers’ compensation, also known as workmans’ comp, is a state-mandated insurance program that provides compensation to employees who suffer job-related injuries and illnesses. While the federal government administers a workers’ comp program for federal and certain other types of employees, each state has its own laws and programs for workers’ compensation. In general, an employee with a work-related illness or injury can get workers’ compensation (medical and lost time) benefits regardless of who was at fault- the employee, the employer, a co-worker, a customer, or some other third party. In exchange for these guaranteed benefits, employees usually do not have the right to sue the employer in court for damages for those injuries.”
Solution For An Injured Employee
Many employees who are not able to perform certain tasks because of an injury are afraid if they leave their job until their injury heals that they will not be able to return. A solution for this is restricted work for injured workers. Providing restricted work for an employee who has been injured on the job can be very beneficial.
One benefit to restricted work is that it helps the employer keep future workers’ compensation premium increases in check because lost wage payments are kept to a minimum- contributing to lower overall claims costs. Another benefit to restricted work is that it demonstrates to the injured employee that the employer is interested in them returning to work, and also creates a mindset for the employee that choosing to not return to work is not an option. The treating physician’s work status recommendations are made to allow the employer to move the injured worker back into restricted work, but are also defined to assure that the employer will not have the employee do certain activities that might jeopardize the injured worker’s recovery.
THE pt GROUP Injury Management Services can help the employer examine restricted work opportunities for their injured worker. Injury Management Services can also monitor the injured worker throughout the restricted work process to provide feedback to the treating physician. The goal is to oversee the performance and condition of the employee from injury to recovery to ensure a healthy and effective process that allows the employee to resume their regular tasks as fast as possible.
Pre-employment Evaluations Value
By evaluating prospective employees’ physical capabilities before placing them in a job that may be too physically demanding for them, a local company found out that they had:
- Minimal on-the-job incidents/injuries by new employees who were evaluated by the process.
- One third lower workers’ compensation claims costs, as measured by a $.51 per hour reduction of every hour paid in wages.
- 60% less OSHA recordable accidents and DART (Days Away/Restricted/Transferred) days.
An additional benefit was a reduction in time and expense for recruiting and re-hiring employees to fill vacated positions.
If you would like to consider how a pre-employment evaluation process might help reduce workers’ compensation claims and expense for your company, contact Joe Welsch, Occupational Health Specialist, with THE pt GROUP Physical Therapy at 724-850-7580.