Much of the medical and ergonomic research on Cumulative Trauma Disorders is focused on Medical and Disability cost savings through administrative remedies. But these efforts rarely strike at the root variables of the cost equation – How the employee injured themselves in the first place. Why do seemingly innocuous injuries like tendonitis, muscle strains, and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome wind up costing so much in medical and indemnity? And more importantly, what can be done to prevent these costs within the workers’ compensation system? The answer lies much farther upstream than current and past reform measures address. The answer lies in addressing the root cause of the claim early in the claims administration process.
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