According to the Workers Compensation Research Institute, employees who are disabled for longer than six months have less than a 50% chance of ever returning to their job. If they are off work longer than a year, the chances for a successful return to work are less than 10%.
This suggests early intervention is the key, but how can this be accomplished?
It is important to remember the goal of the workers’ compensation system: to allow access to medical care for injured workers with the goal of returning them back to gainful employment.
There are many ways to achieve the end result, but according to a study from the National Council on Compensation Insurance, losses are reduced by 70% if a worker returns to work before indemnity payments begin.
This means having a return-to-work program established could save hundreds or thousands of dollars in the long run! Call our office today to discuss implementing a return-to-work program for your business.
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