Workers’ Compensation Claims Support
Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs), also known as ergonomic injuries, are very common in American workplaces. The 388,060 cases of WMSDs that occurred in 2012 accounted for 34 percent of all workplace illness and injury reports that year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS data also shows that workers suffering from ergonomics-related injuries required more time off the job than those with other types of workplace injuries and illnesses. Statistics from OSHA reveal that related workers’ compensation expenses cost businesses $15 to $20 billion each year. What’s more, the Institute of Medicine estimates that the total annual economic burden resulting from workplace MSDs exceeds $45 billion.
The Ergonomics Center can provide valuable assistance to clients in dealing with workers’ compensation cases. One of the primary tasks for an ergonomist is to observe a person performing a job and provide an unbiased evaluation of the physical demands and the potential risk of injury. This information is critical in a workers’ compensation case, where the potential causes of the injury must be determined to evaluate work-relatedness.
The Center has developed its physical demands description and ergonomics risk assessment tools to highlight the risk and potential causes of injury so the client can outline the best path forward. Our ergonomists may provide a review and unbiased critique of any assessments or opinions issued by opposing counsel’s experts. As required, our ergonomists may conduct detailed technical literature reviews to substantiate their findings and opinions. We also provide expert witnessing in cases that are being litigated.
If you need assistance with a workers’ compensation claim, contact the Center and learn more about how we can help.