More than 30,000 lost-time workers’ comp claims were analyzed in the study over a five-year period from 1994 through 1998. The injuries fell into three categories-back injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome and other nerve disorders and miscellaneous injuries – which represent about two-thirds of all lost-time workers’ comp claims.
The study excluded claims for open wounds, fractures and dislocations, which are already typically reported within 48 hours of occurrence. The analysis shows early reporting of nervous disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome can save an average of 20 percent of medical and lost-time costs.
Delaying reporting of a back injury increases claim costs by an average of 10 percent, and all other injuries cost 12 percent more.
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