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Reducing Lawyer Involvement

Postby Webmaster » February 24th, 2005, 8:07 am

It states below, "Workers' compensation experts are advising employers and self-insurers how to make sure their injured workers don't seek the services of a workers' compensation lawyer.

Note: This is a 1998 article found at SEAK - http://www.seak.com/wcm198.htm#Reducing%20Lawyer

Reducing Lawyer Involvement!

Workers' compensation experts are advising employers and self-insurers how to make sure their injured workers don't seek the services of a workers' compensation lawyer. In a recent article entitled "The Halo Effect: Measuring the Power of Intangibles in Workers' Compensation", the author advises:

When workers are satisfied with their employer's treatment and with their medical care, they return to work sooner and are less likely to seek out a lawyer.

What is the profile of a "satisfied" worker?

Profile of Injured Worker Most Likely to Be Satisfied with Employer

    Had prior communications from employer about workers' compensation
    Received medical treatment on the first day
    Company arranged for or escorted worker to doctor
    Doctor set expectations for recovery and explained how injury would affect workers' ability to perform job
    Had enough information about workers' compensation, medical condition, and how to speed recovery
    Company and co-workers stayed in touch during the recovery period
    Employer believed injury was genuine
    Company had a return-to-work program
    Returned to work in less than a month
    Had a modified job environment until fully recovered
For a copy of the entire article see the Fall 1997 issue of The Journal of Workers' Compensation, vol. 7 no. 1, pages 9-22, or call 800-682-5759.
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