Hey there, Michael Stack here, CEO of Amaxx. I recently pulled my hamstring. So I’ve been going to some physical therapy appointments. And one of the first things they asked me when I arrived is how did the injury happened? What was the mechanism of injury? That information, how did the injury happen? Defining the mechanism of injury is so important for us to understand in the work comp industry. I want to define it in this video, and I want you to put your attention and awareness on it because the better we can do at capturing the mechanism of injury, how did the injury action happened? Actually happened? What were the force or forces that caused that injury to occur to the human body? The better we can make determinations on how to treat it. If we don’t know exactly what happened, if we don’t know exactly what was injured, we won’t necessarily know the right treatment path to get that injured worker healed and back to work as soon as possible.
Understand The Force That Caused The Injury To Happen
So I want to put your attention and your focus on this idea of the mechanism of injury. So again, it’s defined as the force or forces that caused an injury to happen. And I want you to get very specific in this when you are learning this information at the time of injury. So how did it happen? Where did it happen? What was going on? What were some of the context around that I want you to also think about kind of diving in deeper to this? Were you lifting? Was the person twisting where they, you know, putting something up on a shelf, how heavy was the thing that they were lifting? You know, they’ll okay. I lifted a box and I felt a twinge in my back. Okay. Where you lifting a box and you were pulling it to the right, were you lifting a box and you were trying to go upper right or upper left, and you were kind of twisting that way, this way or that way, what was actually happening, where you, where you actually stepping over something.
Clearly Define Mechanism of Injury
So maybe there was, you know, our curb that you were stepping over when you were walking in and you were trying to carry something and you tripped over it and fell, what was actually happening and where are you looking over? Did you twist your knee when you did that and really defining and getting as deep into this and clarifying this point as much as you can, if you could put some extra attention, extra focus on this idea of the mechanism of injury, it’s going to make the rest of the work comp determination, treatment process, injury, causation, determination, et cetera, much easier. It’s going to make it much easier for, for medical providers. It’s going to make it much easier for your attorneys. Should this go to court? And you’re claiming something happened when you say, well, you, you were lifting, you said you were lifting and twisting. And you said that that’s all that there was. And, oh, the way that mechanism that you said that can’t actually happen, it doesn’t work that way. The human body doesn’t work that way for that part of the body to be injured. So that really gives you a lot more concrete evidence to make those determinations. Again, my name is Michael Stack, the CEO of Amaxx. And remember your work today in workers’ compensation and have a dramatic impact on your company’s bottom line, but it will have a dramatic impact on someone’s life. So be great.
Author Michael Stack, CEO Amaxx LLC. He is an expert in workers’ compensation cost containment systems and helps employers reduce their workers’ comp costs by 20% to 50%. He works as a consultant to large and mid-market clients, is a 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 the founder & lead trainer of Amaxx Workers’ Comp Training Center, which offers the Certified Master of Workers’ Compensation national designation.
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