Injury management

June 2, 2016

Are Your Work Comp Claims Properly Monitored?

As UNICO continues to be recognized as the workers’ compensation experts dedicated to lowering costs we are amazed at how many companies are not getting any assistance to help them ensure their open workers’ compensation claims are monitored properly. This can have a dramatic impact on how the NCCI experience modification factor is developed. When a workers’ compensation claim is submitted the adjuster will set up a reserve amount which is an estimate of what may be paid out for that claim. That reserve number may change as the claim develops and the adjuster learns more about the status of the injured employee. This reserve will likely be what the ultimate settlement may be which can be inflated. However, there are many cases where communication […]
May 25, 2016

Why Do Injured Employees Seek An Attorney?

A recent study found that if an injured employee seeks out legal representation for a workers’ compensation case, the costs will be much higher. Permanent disability claims involving attorneys, or 80% of permanent disability claims, averaged $66,208 in benefits and expenses, compared to $25,300 for claims that did not involve attorneys. Time away from work because of disability also was substantially higher and claims were slower to close. The severity of the injury, the claims process and the perception of the injured employee. While the correlation between severity of injury and attorney involvement is difficult to mitigate, employers can do a lot to minimize the other two factors. A Workers’ Compensation injury is not just a medical problem, there are complex psychological and social issues […]
January 13, 2016

Understanding Work Comp Can Help You Lower Costs

Control Workers’ Compensation Costs Understanding how it works could save you money: For many companies, workers’ compensation insurance is a necessary evil that is often ignored and left uncontrolled. It is viewed as a commodity which is a mistake. By ignoring this major business expense, you may experience increased premiums or the inability to obtain a policy from a standard carrier. The resulting financial impact on your business could include price increases to consumers, the inability to offer competitive wages, or a reduction in operations. To control your costs, it’s important to have a clear understanding of what workers’ compensation is and what role you play in the process. It also helps to work with a broker that has the knowledge, tools and resources to […]
December 30, 2015

Current State Of The Work Comp Market: Turbulence

Every year, Stephen Klingel, president and CEO of the National Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc. (NCCI), chooses one word to define the current state of the workers’ compensation industry. This year, that word is Turbulence. It’s a word that does not emote confidence; rather, it conveys turmoil, unrest, and instability. Not comforting for employers. Speaking at NCCI’s 2015 Issues Symposium in May, Mr. Klingel noted: Lost time claims decreased an estimated 2% in 2014, which is a smaller decrease than the 2.9% reported in 2013. “Our industry runs in cycles.Watch for upward pressure on claim frequency from new workers in unfamiliar jobs.” The workers’ compensation sector should prepare for “difficult times” as “workplaces and the workforce evolve.” “We are going to see employee relationships with […]
November 25, 2015

Keys To An Effective Return To Work Program

Return to Work Strategies • Job offers should always be made in writing and should thoroughly describe the offered position to ensure the hire is fit for all duties. • When the job is offered, send a formal job offer package along with the offer letter. Make sure it includes all the benefits the potential employee is eligible for, including return to work policies and procedures, so there is no confusion later. • When developing a temporary assignment for someone returning to work, find useful tasks that are not covered by other areas of the company – the goal is not to take work away from another employee. • Create a written job description and job analysis for all transitional duty jobs. These jobs should match […]