Posted tagged ‘occupational injuries’

Cost-Effective Strategies When Your Employee is on L and I

August 1, 2009

[originally published in GKCCC Newsletter, May 2009, and then in KCN, August 2009]

Counting moneyIronically, the biggest driver of  costs associated with work injury claims often is not the actual health care rendered to the injured worker, but rather the amount of time-loss wages paid to the worker themselves.  And, for us employers, this usually translates to the ever-dreaded premium hike.  So what’s a cash-strapped employer to do when one of his workers is stricken with a debilitating work injury?
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Employees with “Back Smarts” Just Might Move You to the Head of the Class

June 26, 2009

[originally published in GKCCC Newsletter, April 2009 and then in the July 2009 KCN]

backpain-worker1Described as the “nemesis of medicine and the albatross of industry,”  it’s no wonder that countries across our globe seek to tame the ugly woes of good ol’ fashioned back pain.  Statisticians tell us that 80% of the population will experience back pain at some point in their lives and of this about 35% will be work-related.

Recently, I ran across a very interesting research article published about a decade ago from “Down Under” in the Australasian Chiropractic and Osteopathy journal that investigated an intriguing way of facing this so called “albatross” —an albatross that costs them an estimated $8 billion annually in disability and lost production. (more…)

On-the-Job Back Injuries and Chronic Disability

May 29, 2009

[originally published in KCN, June 2009]

chronic disabilityWhile it goes without saying that no employer relishes the thought of having one of his employees on L&I due to a work injury, having that same work injury blossom into a long-term, chronic disability is enough to make any boss lose his lunch.

And while most work injuries do not turn into chronic disabilities, that fact is, some do.  As employers (or employees for that matter), is there any way we can see this coming?  Are there any risk factors to watch for, and if so, are there ways we can reduce these risks?

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