Strategies for Managing Workers’ Compensation Claims

Workers compensation costs employers more than $95 billion annually. Given this, workers compensation claims best management practices can be critical for reducing the cost and impact of worker injuries on your business.

Be Proactive

Early reporting impacts the cost and duration of a workers compensation claim. Injuries that are reported promptly show faster recovery, reduction of medical cost and intervention over the course of the injury, and substantially less attorney involvement. The more quickly an injury is reported, the more likely it is to be managed most effectively.

Provide Transitional Opportunities

Extended time away from work as the result of an injury can result in a difficult reintegration when workers return. Opportunities for gradual transitions back into the workplace, whether through a limited number of days or a shortened day schedule, can help injured employees get back to work more quickly, with fewer problems than they would encounter trying to begin again at full force.

Stay in Touch

Keeping in touch with an employee during a period of absence allows you to monitor progress toward recovery and find out what that employee has been doing while away from work. You should be aware of any limitations or restrictions in place while the employee is recovering. Following doctor recommendations supports a faster, more complete recovery, and reduces risk of re-injury.

There are many factors to consider in workers compensation claims management. Best practices will help you to reduce lost productivity and minimize medical costs.