Workers Compensation

Workers Compensation

Workers Compensation

At Optimal Physical Therapy, we offer a team of licensed professionals who provide a variety of workers’ compensation services. Documentation and evaluations are provided using Occupro software with easy to follow treatment program and return to work guidelines.

With our injury rehabilitation and prevention, we can help return injured workers to their previous job and reduce the cost of claims. The goal of corrective exercise and functional activities is improved work capacity.

We partner with employers, case managers, payers, and insurers. We work closely together with case managers and physicians collaborating to deliver evidence-based early intervention when appropriate to optimize patient outcomes.

Workers’ Compensation is the most expensive part of a client’s insurance program. It can also be the most time-consuming. Employers pay more than 95 billion annually.

Statistics Worth Knowing

According to the Travelers Injury Impact Report, the most common accidents in workers compensation claims include 32% material handling, 16% slips, trips and falls, 10% being struck or colliding with an object, 7%, accidents involving tools, 4% Cumulative trauma, 31% all other

Most common injuries in claims: 30% strains/sprains, 19% cuts or punctures, 12% contusions, 5% inflammation (tendinitis), 5% fractures, 29% all other.

Average days from work by injury: Strains and sprains – 57, Cuts/punctures – 24, Contusions – 27, Inflammation – 91, Fractures – 78

Average cost of most frequent injuries: Strains $17,000, Cut/punctures $8,200, Contusions $8,000, Inflammation $24,500, Fractures $42,400

Despite common belief, only 1-2% of workers’ compensation claims are fraudulent.

The Insurance Information Institute produced different data highlighting the ten industries with the largest number of industries and illnesses.

Ten Industries with Occupations with the Largest Number of Injuries and Illnesses, 2018 (III)

  • Laborers – 68,470
  • Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer – 49,700
  • Janitors and cleaners – 35,620
  • Nursing assistants – 33,430
  • General maintenance and repair workers – 29,370
  • Retail salespersons – 26,760
  • Stock clerks and orders fillers – 25,570
  • Registered nurses – 24,080
  • Light truck and delivery service drivers – 22,480
  • Construction laborers – 21,710

Employees don’t need to be an OSHA statistic. By achieving safety compliance and beyond, we can help you lower your premiums and get injured employees back to work faster. It’s important to educate injured workers that while there may be some pain associated with movement, it’s part of the healing process. Staying immobile leads the injury into disability, both physically and from a biopsychosocial aspect. The optimal benefits of physical therapy, both for your injured workers and the health of their workers’ comp program.  Our continuum of care allows us to provide the services you need and expect, protecting employers and employees during every step of the process: Hiring, Safety, Injury, Recovery, and Closure.

Functional Capacity Evaluations

An FCE is always tailored to an employee’s specific injury or job duties. An FCE is a 2-4 hour objective test that would be given after a work conditioning program had been completed, to give patients and employers analytical data on a patient’s progress within recovery and the likelihood of a person’s ability to return to their previous job with or without restriction. This information helps employers bring people back to work with positions suitable to their ability levels.  The testing will measure physical strength, intolerances related to posture, balance, range of motion, level of fatigue, and more. The exams performed are used to evaluate their abilities in key areas, such as:

  • Ability to carry objects
  • Stamina
  • Physical strength
  • Ability to lift objects
  • Flexibility
  • Range of motion
  • Other abilities required for a given job
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