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The Funny Thing about “Best Practices”

Conjure up an image of Jerry Seinfeld on stage with his voice and mannerism delivering this comedic routine —- “What’s all this I hear about “Best Practices”?? … If they’re really the best… then why do you have to practice?….. …Read More

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Non-Approved Doctor Alert

Claimant-doctor-choice versus employer-directed-care is a significant variable in a workers’ comp case. When a workers’ comp claimant refuses your designated provider and chooses their own doctor it is cause for concern. State laws differ. In a state that allows you…Read More

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The Supervisor Knows

What if there was a crystal ball that could immediately provide warnings of future challenges with a new Workers Comp claim? What if you could consult this crystal ball immediately after a claim was reported, set your confidence level and…Read More

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When Witnesses Attack Its Karma for Claimants

Now and then we experience a Workers Comp claimant that is downright mean and nasty. For these select few, filing a WC claim is just one in many emotional reflexes stemming from HR problems, interpersonal conflicts, problems at home, legal…Read More

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Southern Illinois: A Perfect Storm of WC Abuse

The December 4, 2011 Chicago Tribune headline reads: “Third of Illinois Workers Comp Awards in 12 Facilities.” Amazingly, 12 State facilities clustered within an 80 mile radius collected one third of ALL state WC awards paid out to government workers…Read More

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An “Eyes Open” Leap of Faith for Subjective Pain

Some claimants present with strange symptoms and odd complaints that don’t fit a common framework. This alone should not discount a claim’s legitimacy or a claimant’s need for some understanding and patience. Allow me to share some personal perspective. I…Read More

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Internet Investigations Done Right: “Farming” for Evidence

Last month’s edition focused on the importance of including a basic “internet presence check” on every lost-time and complex-medical claim. This month, as promised, will center on using “internet presence” information to launch an active web-surveillance assignment. A specialty web-surveillance…Read More