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ACHIEVING SUCCESS TIPS
When to Use a Vocational Expert
Vendor leakage involves payments to various outside vendors used in investigation and claims handling such as nurse case management, surveillance, independent medical evaluation (IME) companies, and vocational assessments.

The adjuster brings in a vocational expert when a claimant is unable to perform the job done at the time the injury occurred. A vocational counselor combs the job market in an attempt to find the injured worker potential work positions based on the person's experience and medical restrictions.

 

The reputation of the vocational counselor is very important. Litigation cases use a vocational expert to show that the worker's injury and subsequent permanent medical restrictions incurred do not prevent any future employment. However, this argument must be made correctly.

 

Outside factors taken into account include geographical location, the current job market, the claimant's transferable skills, and the overall chance the injured worker will have gainful, long-term, satisfying employment within these restrictions.

 

A judge will not be satisfied by an attempt to take a man whose whole job history is as a welder and attempting to turn him into a greeter at a box store.

 

Before thinking of a vocational assessment the adjuster first goes to the employer to (1) create a job within the restrictions and pay range, or (2) attempt to modify the worker's position to accommodate the medical restriction(s).

 

If either of these options are workable than a vocational expert is not needed and the vendor's fees are saved. 

 

WC COST REDUCTION NEWS

How much money does your company spend on safety? If ever sued for negligence this will be a number to have close at hand. An estimate will not suffice as accounting is key. Read on. 

While every workers compensation claim is unique, every claim contains certain key events and documents. What are the established criteria that each claim will contain?

Watch out! Surveillance is expensive, and you are going to have to prove to the adjuster it is needed and worth the expense. When is it appropriate?

The settlement value of a claim is influenced by the adjuster's compliance with Best Practices throughout the course of the claim, from the day of the accident to the day the employee reaches the point where negotiation of the claim settlement can start.

When a compensable injury occurs, several forms are nearly always required in New York. Read more from Attorney Ted Ronca.

If the shoe fits! How one institution tested and implemented a slip-resistant shoe program, a UCLA/Irvine case study. 

LRP National Workers Compensation and Disability Conference Agenda Posted, A "permanently disabled" person finds his way back to ability, Lexis Nexis Communities Top Stories, and more.

Advisen and Amaxx have teamed up to produce this comprehensive but easy to understand desk reference. Avoid common program pitfalls with this lesson plan to cost containment which is the difference between success and failure. New material in 11 chapters! This 183-page step-by-step manual is available with your company logo.
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