Hartford, Conn. (PRWEB) November 15, 2005
Taking a page from the playbook of professional sports referees, doctors can now go to the videotape to get a glimpse of workers in action before making their determination in return to work cases.
Specialty Risk Services (SRS), one of the leading property-casualty third party administrators for workers' compensation and general liability claims, has teamed with Return to Work America LLC to offer clients an Internet-based video job analysis system that helps expedite returning injured workers to their job or modified duty by allowing doctors to see the exact physical functions, movements and requirements of a certain occupation.
Targeted to help clients control their workers’ compensation lost time exposure, the job analysis system provides an Internet-based video library of job functions that can be customized by the client to reflect specific jobs. Doctors review the tapes by logging onto the Web site using their unique ID and password.
Recent studies indicate the number of unscheduled absences currently is at a five-year high. Employers not only face the costs associated with medical treatment, but the cost of lost wage replacement and lost productivity – which can amount to more than four times more than the cost of medical payments.*
“SRS plays an aggressive role in helping clients control these costs with our comprehensive return-to-work strategies,” said Joe Boures, SRS president. “By partnering with Return to Work America, we can add another dimension to our suite of tools. Doctors can get immediate access to the daily job duties of the injured worker to make a determination on the employee’s ability to return to work as soon as they are medically able, instead of waiting weeks between doctor’s visits.”
An integral part of the Video Job Analysis System is the ability of the treating doctor to complete an assessment report online, providing immediate feedback to the employer and their workers’ compensation claim administrator. As the report is generated, the employer and carrier are notified via e-mail and can log into the site using a secure password to view the report.
“In an ideal world, doctors could come to the workplace and watch workers on the job. We’ve developed the next best thing, and bring the workplace to the doctor so they can make a fair assessment of what is required of the injured worker,” said Bob Wilson, president, Return to Work America.
The Return To Work America system can also be used for ADA compliance, pre-hiring processes, defending permanent and total disability claims, light duty evaluation, and determining causation/ apportionment.
For more information on this program or SRS’ Return to Work program, contact your SRS account representative.
- SOURCE: Integrated Benefits Institute
About Specialty Risk Services:
Based in Hartford, CT, Specialty Risk Services, LLC (SRS) is one of the largest Third Party Administrators in the industry. Founded in 1990, the company provides workers' compensation, auto, general and product liability, integrated disability, claim administration and risk management services nationwide. Approved by more than 18 insurance carriers, SRS offers bundled and unbundled services to both self-insured and insured clients, including many Fortune 1,000 companies.
About Return To Work America, LLC:
Return To Work America, LLC is based out of Sarasota, FL and is a subsidiary of WorkersCompensation.com, LLC, the nation’s recognized leader for workers’ compensation services and information.