As companies struggle to keep their profits stable in poor economic conditions, they may attempt to cut back on funds going to workers’ compensation claims. While the state often decides more specific details of compensation, employers and any related compensation insurance providers may deny claims more readily in order to reduce their costs. Concerning compensation, there are several cost drivers that can may the process expensive for employers and may be background problems used to reject a worker’s claim. It is important to note that these are not means to reject a claim, but are instead reasons a company may be more likely to become increasingly stringent with claim success.
Perhaps a primary concern for any employer regarding workers’ compensation, claims fraud is a serious problem. Outside whistleblower actions or evidence leaked by an employee via email or through social media, compensation fraud is almost impossible to track in the early stages of an injury. Eventually, check-ups from physicians may be able to qualify a worker to return to their job. However, until it becomes reasonable to ask to an employee to return, that person may continue to collect benefits.
As compensation claims may cover the recovery and treatment process if necessary, employers may lose substantial funds in these transactions. With rising medical costs, claims may be initially denied in order to avoid these charges put against a company’s profits.
In addition to medical costs, insurance costs can be incurred by compensation claims. If an employer decides to work through a compensation insurance company, this relationship can prove to be convenient, although expensive.
In part because of the frequency claims denials, workers’ compensation can be a source of frustration for those trying to protect their financial stability despite their injury. To learn more about the process involved in filing a more successful claim, contact a workers’ compensation attorney.