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March 2014:

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Dear Don,

Hard cold numbers prove the value of caring for an injured-on-the-job employee. In California, if a work injury can be treated by workers' compensation medical care only, the average cost of a claim is $1,156 (Data based on the latest report for complete year statistics of the Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau.)

 

However, if the employee can't return to work the next day, and receives "temporary disability" payments, the average cost-per-claim jumps to $15,041. This increase in costs clearly reflects the value of an aggressive return-to-work program, and a "day of injury" protocol in taking care of the physical and emotional needs of an injured employee.

 

If an injured employee experiences any - even minor - permanent disability, the average cost per claim triples to $41,313.  Major permanent disability claims average $140,021 per claim and permanent total disability claim costs soar to an average of $109,922,270 per claim - yes that is $109 million per claim on average.  Death claims only average a cost of $43 million each.  

 

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and CalWorkSafety for help in keeping injured workers on the job.  Our Nurse Consultant - Judy Lindemann - is doing great work in this area and our experience consulting staff helps employers with safety programs to prevent the injuries from happening in the first place.

NEW EMPLOYER ADVOCATE COLUMN

 

Don Dressler Consulting is Honored To Introduce  
Judy Lindemann, RN, FNP, MSN 

 

     Accomplished healthcare business and clinical professional,
Judy Lindemann will be writing ongoing "Advocate" articles

for BOTTOM LINE. Judy's experience as a Masters Prepared Nurse Practitioner provides the well-rounded knowledge base necessary to navigate the Worker's Compensation system - supporting both the employer and employee.

    

The real-life articles will convey brief 'case studies' of her experiences in helping employers and their employees
evolve through their experiences on the following topics:

  • Worker's Compensation Consulting
  • Accident Investigation
  • Injured Worker Followup - from injury to return to full duty
  • Ergonomic Evaluation for businesses
  • Fraud

"It is really all about finding out what each particular employee needs to get well and then helping them successfully meet that need.  Every case is different just as every injured worker has different needs." Lindemann said.  "Some injured workers have simple needs - such as making sure that they have a translator for their visits. If they cannot understand what their doctor tells them, their frustration level can rise from 0-100 in a minute; overtime they become disenchanted with their care and are more likely to file a lawsuit."   

 

"There are cases where employees don't follow their doctor's instructions and do not show up for their visits.  In these cases I discover that the clinic assigned to them is too far from their home or work and they just stop going.  I help them change to another clinic that is closer to work or home, which generally makes them much more likely to comply with their prescribed therapy treatments," Lindemann concluded.

 

We look forward to hearing from you about your experiences.  Remember that we are interested in helping injured employees get back to work quickly; and we do this by getting involved as early as possible following an injury.  This helps the employee as well as helping the employer's bottom line.

 

Please look for our first article in the next BOTTOMLINE

 

You can contact me by phone at: 949-940-5905 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

   

Don Dressler Consulting and CalWorkSafety.com focus on safety-related HR issues, HR-related matters and Cal/OSHA Safety guidelines. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please email us or visit our website.
      
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