Let’s face it; working in construction is dangerous. In 2015, one in five worker fatalities occurred in construction. Is it any wonder why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) conducted almost four times as many inspections and issued over twice as many penalties for the construction industry compared to the next closest industry classification? By the numbers, that’s 11,869 inspections, 29,777 citations and nearly $72 million in fines from October 2015 through September 2016. (more…)
In the world of workers compensation, the subject of employee vs. self-employed independent contractor is complex. Employers are not required to provide workers compensation coverage for independent contractors. Likewise, employers are not responsible for payroll taxes and other legal obligations that are necessary for employees. However, there are consequences for misclassifying an employee as an independent contractor, so it’s important to understand the difference. (more…)
Handling workers compensation claims is no easy task. Some cases are very complicated, as well as very expensive. And every state’s laws regarding the payment of workers compensation claims is different. To add to that challenge, each state’s laws also differ somewhat as to how an insurance company may recoup some or all of the benefits paid. It is sometimes possible to recover money through the process of subrogation when the work-related injury was the fault of an independent responsible third party. (more…)
Society Insurance is a servicing carrier in the Wisconsin Workers Compensation Insurance Pool. As such, we see extreme cases and injuries. We treat these businesses just like every other Society policyholder. This case study provides strong evidence for the importance of prompt claims reporting. (more…)
The easiest way to control your claim cost is with prompt reporting. Studies show that claims cost more when reporting is delayed. The sooner a claim is reported, the sooner it can begin to be managed and brought to resolution.
Key types of claims that should be reported as soon as possible: (more…)
Several bills pertaining to Wisconsin Workers Compensation were signed into law in 2016. It is important that we understand how these changes may affect us and also, how we may adjust our internal processes to best position ourselves for success. A couple of the new changes are detailed below. This is conveyed for informational purposes only and is not to be considered legal advice. If you have any questions as to how this may affect an individual business entity, consult with your Human Resources expert or other legal counsel. (more…)
A common mistake an employer can make is to buy workers compensation insurance in one state while having employees working and/or living in another state. This creates a liability exposure in which the policy you purchased may not have coverage for claims generated by these employees.
One reason for this potential gap in coverage is that an employee is entitled to select the jurisdiction they wish to file their claims based on these three basic principles: (more…)
Did you know that slip, trip and falls are the most common cause of workplace injury, accounting for nearly 40 percent of all reported injuries? The National Safety Council estimates that more than $70 billion is spent annually for worker’s compensation and medical costs linked to falls that occur at work – and when it comes to accidental deaths, only motor vehicle accidents outrank slip, trip and falls. Slip-resistant shoes can help businesses reduce worker’s compensation claims, eliminate workdays lost due to injury, and retain employee productivity.
So, why so many slip and falls? (more…)
If a face can launch a thousand ships and a picture is worth a thousand words, can a phone call save a thousand dollars?
A workers compensation adjuster will likely tell you: YES.
In today’s world of smart phones and computers, we communicate dozens of times a day. Some of the most common methods of communication are email, text, Skype, FaceTime or Snapchat. With so many options to choose from, why would an employer want to actually have a person-to-person phone call with an injured worker? (more…)