Steps in a Well-Designed Plan Quick Post-Injury Response Quick post-injury response is one of the most critical aspects of the program. Initially, it is the most time-consuming because it requires each injury be followed up with immediate action. In general, this phase of the program requires the following steps:
- Immediate reporting of the accident.
- Transporting the employee to the division doctor.
- Discussing the employee's medical condition with the doctor.
- Providing specific forms to the doctor.
- Requiring specific information and medical restrictions from the doctor.
- Returning the employee to the facility to perform a modified-duty job matching the medical restrictions given by the doctor.
Once an injury is reported, take all appropriate steps to verify the injury was work-related, including investigating the circumstances of the accident and the extent of the injury. All MaxCo employees know every work-related injury is taken seriously and a full investigation will ensue. In the rare instance where fraud or overpayment is uncovered, reimbursement is sought and, prosecution is a real possibility if the overpaid recipient appeared to (workersxzcompxzkit) deliberately intend to defraud. MaxCo asks the employee who is currently out of work and being treated by a doctor, to request medical information directly from the doctor. The corporate medical consultant contacts the employee's doctor to discuss the person's condition and to obtain enough information to be able to offer the employee a modified-duty job as soon as the worker is medically able to perform one. Author: Robert Elliott, J.D. Click on these links to try it for yourself. WC Calculator www.ReduceYourWorkersComp.com/calculator.php TD Calculator www.ReduceYourWorkersComp.com/transitional-duty-cost-calculator.php WC 101 www.ReduceYourWorkersComp.com/workers_comp.php Do not use this information without independent verification. All state laws are different. Consult with your corporate legal counsel before implementing any cost containment programs. ©2008 Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved under International Copyright Law. If you would like permission to reprint this material, contact Info@WorkersCompKit.com