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First Day Phone Call to Employees    

Begin collecting information about the incident by using the First Day Call GuidelinesThe First Day Call Guidelines provide a comprehensive list of questions to ask the injured employee. You get a feel for the employee's attitude, the kind of care received from the medical provider, and the prognosis.  

You also have an opportunity
to express care and concern as you inquire about whether a prescription benefits card is needed.


Setting the proper tone is important, so use both informal and formal communication during the time an employee is out of work. This provides clear guidelines and expectations.


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Six Things An Employer Should Tell the Adjuster About the Workers Comp Claim

This article is written from the Claims Adjuster's point of view. This will point out a disturbing new trend in the world of insurance where the employer is not providing full disclosure. Read on.


Six Things that Drive Workers Comp Adjusters Crazy         

Being a claims professional has a lot of demands. A typical caseload for the lost-time is 150 cases. What can you do to make their job easier?


Experts Sound Off on Hot Medical Topics

The LexisNexis Workers Compensation Law Community Powered by Larson's often offers insightful commentary into our industry and research. Below, we compile three of the most interesting contributions of late.


Self-Insurance and High Deductible Plans Give Employers More Control

How does pure self-insurance work? And how is this money for future losses calculated? Learn more.


ABC's of Cutting Workers Compensation Costs 

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National Insurer Sued under ADA For Failure to Hire Methadone User

The U.S. EEOC has sued a national insurer claiming the firm violated federal law by refusing to hire a North Carolina man after he disclosed being in a drug rehabilitation program.


IOSH Project Enhances Submariner Safety

Hazardous industry experts from the world's largest organization for health and safety professionals have recently played a part in improving submarine safety. How?


CalOSHA Fined Baxter Healthcare For Safety Violations

What workplace safety violations resulted in the death of a technician and two employees? CalOSHA reports.


Ohio Man Nailed in Workers Comp Scam While Running Roofing Company

A Brunswick, Ohio business owner is sentenced following a fraud investigation. He operated his business in violation of the law which forbids injured workers from working while also receiving BWC benefits.


Houston Man Pleads Guilty to Workers Comp Fraud

Texas Mutual Insurance Company recently reports that a Travis County district court sentenced Derrick Crockrom of Houston on WC fraud-related charges.  What did he do?    


Florida Utility Contractor Cited Following Death of Worker

OSHA recently cited Callaway Contracting Inc. of Jacksonville for 13 safety violations resulting in a shocking death.


New South Wales Railcorp Employee Collects Work Comp While Working Second Job

A Railcorp employee has been found guilty of workers comp fraud and is ordered to pay after a New South Wales (Australia) WorkCover investigation.


London Underground Safety Called Into Question

Tube Union RMT recently warned that London Underground is on the verge of plunging the Capital's tube system into the same lethal cocktail of safety cuts and automation that led to nine deaths in Wash DC.


British Firm Cited for Continuing to Expose Workers to Asbestos

A British firm continued to expose workers to dangerous asbestos-containing materials despite advice from the local council, according to a report from the Health and Safety Executive. Read more.


British Columbia Reaches Out to Employers and Others Regarding Safety

FREE training course! Supervisors, workers, and employers in any industry in BC may benefit from a new WorkSafeBC online safety training course that can be accessed any time, free of charge.


New Zealand Study Health Risk from Solvent Use by Lab Techs

Exposure to solvents by medical lab workers may be a health risk according to a new study from the University of Otago, Wellington, published in The Journal of Rheumatology.






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