In two published studies in the Spine Journal in 2007 and 2008, by Dr. Eugene Carragee of Stanford University, it was shown that injured people do not always report their pre-injury condition to their medical provider. While Dr. Carragee’s study was based on automobile accidents, its results are applicable to workers compensation.
As the statesvary in how much pre-accident medical information the employer and/or insurance carrier can obtain on a workers compensation claim, please consult with your local legal counsel if you have questions in regards to obtaining the medical history of injured employees.
Author Rebecca Shafer, JD, President of Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is a national expert in the field of workers compensation. She is a writer, speaker, and publisher. Her expertise is working with employers to reduce workers compensation costs, and her clients include airlines, healthcare, printing/publishing, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality, and manufacturing. She is the author of the #1 selling book on cost containment, Workers Compensation Management Program: Reduce Costs 20% to 50%. Contact: RShafer@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com.
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