Controlling Your Workers’ Comp Costs: A Guide
Incorporating the below tips in your workplace could not only reduce the frequency and severity of workplace injuries, but also reduce the rates of your workers' comp insurance. Ask your agent about them today or click through on individual items to learn more.
Develop a formal written safety program
One of the first things an underwriter looks at in pricing accounts is whether your company has a written and active safety program. An elective program cannot only save money, but also makes LWCC aware of your commitment to safety.
Encourage a drug-free workplace and implement a drug-testing policy.
LWCC encourages the use of a formal drug-testing policy, signed by your employees. With a signed, written policy in place, a claim may not be paid if the accident occurs because of drug use.
Implement the Second Injury Fund Questionnaire
Louisiana’s Second Injury Fund is a state-administered program that reimburses part of a claim when an employee with a permanent, pre-existing condition is subsequently injured on the job. LWCC can provide a sample medical history questionnaire for each employee to complete after hire. LWCC’s dedicated recovery unit has great success in getting claims approved and reimbursed by the Second Injury Fund.
Develop a return-to-work program
For companies that have well-managed, return-to-work programs, including transitional duty, a significant opportunity exists to control workers’ compensation and disability costs. For many injured workers, having modified-duty employment is a major factor in getting back to full duty sooner and in a productive capacity.
Use in-network OMNET providers
Medical providers have a great deal of control over the lost workdays for an injured employee. Using providers in OMNET — our occupational medical network — can save you money.
Prevent and report fraud
When someone commits workers’ compensation fraud, the associated claims costs with the abuse can drive up your premium and negatively impact the experience modifier (E-mod). Our fraud team diligently pursues these claims and has a proven track record of workers’ compensation convictions. Ultimately, these efforts lower workers’ compensation insurance costs for employers across the state.
Report claims within an hour
Conduct accident investigations
This will benefit your company by identifying unsafe work practices and improving procedures, which may result in fewer accidents in the future.
Communicate with your employees
According to studies, injured employees who don’t receive workers’ compensation training prior to being injured are more likely to seek legal help and be out for longer periods than those who are informed about their workers’ compensation benefits. Keeping in touch with an injured employee shows that you care about his or her well-being.
Daymond John Shares the Power of Purpose-Driven Business
Daymond John, founder of FUBU and star of ABC’s “Shark Tank” was featured in LWCC’s Speaker Series on May 18. From the stage of the Foster Learning Center, he shared his personal story of success and the importance of purpose-driven business with a focus on the greater good.
LWCC Dedicates the Foster Learning Center
The new facility in Baton Rouge honors our founder, the late Governor Foster, and serves as a valuable resource for employees, agents, policyholders, and partners to facilitate meaningful collaboration and learning that will help Louisiana progress into the future.
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