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Worker’s Compitis

January 26, 2015

By:  Dr. Adam Richardson
Director of Physician Services
Claims Eval, Inc.

It’s official. I have “workers’ compitis.” For those of you unfamiliar with this ailment, it’s an incurable process which attacks the mind rendering its victim incapable of viewing life’s everyday scenarios without an applicability to workers’ compensation. Therefore, when Biswas et al. recently published their article (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25599350) on the increased mortality associated with sedentary jobs – despite increased physical activity, I immediately jumped into workers’ comp risk management mode:

  • How do employers effectively insulate themselves against a “wrongful death” suit filed by an estate of an employee who’s position was sedentary?
  • Will they have to offer elevating desks?
  • Will the courts require notification to HR of concerns which were not properly resolved in order to support such a suit?

The questions cascading through my mind are far too many to list and persisted deep into the night. Fortunately, fatigue overcame the ailment and I eventually got some sleep. Still, I wanted to share this thought process with those involved in workers’ compensation. I pray that my good intention of sharing this thought stream does not infect you. Medical experts have not ascertained whether “workers’ compitis” is infectious nor do they have a handle upon its transferability.