Managing Workers' Compensation: A Guide to Injury Reduction and Effective Claim Management

Keith Wertz, James J. Bryant

December 7, 2000 by CRC Press
Reference - 312 Pages
ISBN 9781566703482 - CAT# L1348
Series: Occupational Safety & Health Guide Series

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Features

  • Provides a background and overview of Workers' Compensation
  • Explains the potential utility of incorporating use of the Internet in occupational safety management
  • Includes a detailed explanation of the concept, its application, and its benefits to employers and employees
  • Supplies a layman's explanation of the how, when, and why to conduct accident investigations
  • Delineates between surface causes and root causes and provides guidance for mitigating recurrence
  • Defines fraudulent claims, describes their impact, and provides methods for addressing suspected cases
  • Summary

    Workers' compensation causes headaches throughout all levels of an organization. Injuries affect production, costs, and morale. Managing Workers' Compensation: A Guide to Injury Reduction and Effective Claim Management lays out - in logical order - management and safety procedures that reduce injuries and the aggravation that follows. The authors cover hiring, training, and managing employees with injury avoidance in mind. They provide a blueprint for dealing with injured employees and their families, and for determining the correct time for the employee to return to work.

    The book discusses the all-important issues of fraud, modified duty, substance abuse testing and accident investigations. It also provides guidance for managing your organization's safety efforts in a manner that targets workers' compensation cost control as one of its major objectives. In addition to comprehensive coverage of workers' compensation, the book gives you a thorough explanation of additional sources of assistance, including the availability and utility of Internet safety resources, a complete listing of state workers' compensation agencies, and sample checklists that help you evaluate your workplace.

    Although workers' compensation laws vary from state-to-state, the principles behind the system and the ability of employers to influence their own premiums remain consistent. By gaining a thorough understanding of these principles and implementing proven cost control strategies, you can realize substantial savings. Managing Workers' Compensation: A Guide to Injury Reduction and Effective Claim Management explains the process by which premiums are calculated and shows how you can impact - favorably - the amount your organization pays in premiums.