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Advances in medical care resonating in workers' comp programs

For many companies in Kentucky, their top priority when managing injured workers is getting them back to their job as quickly as possible to minimize the impact their injury has on job performance. For injured workers, this is a similar goal as they often wish to begin collecting their pay again as quickly as they can. However, medical clearance is usually required by both the employer and the workers' medical provider before they are allowed to resume their tasks. 

One innovative method that some employers are looking seriously at implementing is the use of telemedicine in their workers' compensation programs. When a worker receives an injury on the job, there is an option of using telemedicine to virtually recommend treatment options and provide instructions from a virtual perspective. Utilizing national guidelines, medical professionals will ascertain whether or not the injured worker should be treated by a physician. 

The advantages of telemedicine are many, but perhaps the most notable is the option for injured persons to receive medical care on the spot, without having to leave their job site. This could greatly reduce the costs associated with injured workers taking time off to get medical treatment as it essentially comes to them. Workers who have already tested the new technology have been satisfied with its operation thus far. While experts acknowledge that such an option would be inappropriate for severely injured workers, telemedicine can effectively address the needs of the majority of workers' compensation injuries. 

If people have received an injury at their job and are working to establish a claim to receive compensation, an attorney may be able to help achieve that goal. With the knowledge and experience of a qualified legal professional, people may be able to put together a case that establishes a reason why compensation should be given. 

Source: Insurance Journal, "Telemedicine Takes Workers' Comp Into the Future," Stephanie K. Jones, May 6, 2019

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