Workers’ Comp Fundamental Truth – It Doesn’t Have to Be So Hard


There are some things in life that you discover for the first time that you realize you’ve known all along. Hello, my name is Michael Stack. I’m the principal of Amaxx and founder of the Amaxx Workers’ Comp Training Center.



Nutrition Is Surprisingly Complex


A little personal anecdote, that that little message, discovering what you’ve known all along, is very true for myself and for my family. We’ve been doing all this research on nutrition, and we watched the movie Forks Over Knives. We watched the movie What the Health. We watched Fed Up. We also watched Food, Inc., and we bought The China Study book, which is a 400-page book. Very complex. There’s a lot to this idea of nutrition, the type of diet we should be eating, and what it does for our health.


We’re moving towards this whole foods, plant-based diet. We’ve been on it for about a week. I’ll let you know how it goes, but so far, so good. It got me thinking about this complexity, this idea of nutrition, this idea of why is it so hard for us to realize what is the right answer and what is the most healthy option for us for our long-term health. It’s baffling to me. When I think about workers’ compensation, it’s the same thing. The system is extraordinarily complex and baffling as to why it’s so hard to get that proper outcome. Why is it so complex?



Basic Fundamental Truths Will Lead to Success


In nutrition, there’s many layers to it, and in workers’ compensation, there are many layers to that, too, and I don’t see either one of them changing any time soon. When you break it all down, when you look at the fundamental truths of what makes you successful in nutrition, processed artificial chemicals, all that different kind of stuff, we know that that stuff is not good for us. We know the convenience and going through McDonald’s isn’t good for us. You don’t have to read a book or watch a movie to know that truth. Not caring for your injured workers or processing them like a robotic system is not good for their outcome either. You don’t have to go to a lot of national conferences and a lot of trainings to understand that fundamental truth either.


I want to encourage you to get back to basics in understanding in your work comp program what are those elements that you already know will lead you to success, and that fundamental truth that will take you there. Looking at our claims as just a claims number versus an individual person … Jeffrey Thomas, who has two kids and lives in Arizona and likes to fish … will lead you in a better direction. Sure, the complexity is going to always be there, but if you can get back to these basics of what we know makes us successful, we will be well on our way to mastering workers’ compensation, and workers’ compensation costs and outcomes.


Again, I’m Michael Stack with Amaxx. If you’re watching this video and you like the message, I encourage you to go to and sign up for my free newsletter for a lot more information. Remember, your success in workers’ compensation is defined by your integrity, so be great.



Michael Stack - AmaxxAuthor Michael Stack, Principal, Amaxx LLC. He is an expert in workers compensation cost containment systems and helps employers reduce their work comp costs by 20% to 50%.  He works as a consultant to large and mid-market clients, is co-author of Your Ultimate Guide To Mastering Workers Comp Costs, a comprehensive step-by-step manual of cost containment strategies based on hands-on field experience, and is founder & lead trainer of Amaxx Workers’ Comp Training Center. .



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