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CTS: surgery and return to work

CTS_surgeryWork-related carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a leading cause of lengthy disability.  To characterize associations between utilization of CTS surgery and duration of lost work 8224 workers’ compensation claims filed during 1990-1994 were studied. The findings suggest disability can be minimized by establishing the CTS diagnosis as early as possible and, if surgery is appropriate, conducting surgery without substantial delay and maximizing post-operative efforts to facilitate return to work.

Work-related carpal tunnel syndrome in Washington State workers’ compensation: Utilization of surgery and the duration of lost work
William E. Daniell, MD, MPH, Deborah Fulton-Kehoe, MPH, PhD , Gary M. Franklin, MD, MPH Am. J. Ind. Med. 2009

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Instructive Insurance Claims in the Netherlands

Better prevention can reduce claims for occupational diseases
An estimated 25,000 employees a year develop an occupational disease in the Netherlands. A growing number of these people submit a claim against their employer. Better prevention and better social and medical supervision of personnel could drastically reduce the number of claims for compensation in relation to occupational diseases.

This is the main conclusion of the study Leerzame Schadeclaims (Dutch)(Instructive Insurance Claims), for which the final report was published on 4 June. The study was carried out by a team of researchers from the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the University of Maastricht (UM) and the Netherlands Centre for Occupational Diseases (AMC-UvA). Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Compensation, Occupational diseases

Delayed return to work in carpenters with back pain

From a case-control analysis of union carpenters in Washington Stae it turned out that delayed return t0 work (DRTW) after back injury was associated with
– being female (2.7, 95% CI: 1.3-5.5),
– age 30-44 (1.2, 95% CI: 0.9-1.7), 
– age over 45 (1.6, 95% CI: 1.1-2.3),
– four or more years union experience (1.4, 95% CI: 1.1-1.8),
– previous paid time loss back claim (1.8, 95% CI: 1.3-2.5),
– more than 30-day delay to medical care (3.6, 95% CI: 2.1, 6.1).
Evidence of more acute trauma was also associated with DRTW.

Predictors of delayed return to work after back injury: A case-control analysis of union carpenters in Washington State

Kristen L. Kucera, PhD, ATC, Hester J. Lipscomb, PhD , Barbara Silverstein, PhD, MPH 2, Wilfred Cameron, MS, CIH

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Filed under: Compensation, Physical agents, Sickness absence

Compensation for work-related injury in China

Chinese flagIt’s always interesting to read about other countries compensation systems on occupational diseases. I found a post on the Chinese system. 

On the China Labour bulletin there is a post on the compensation for work-related injury in China. The China Labour bulletin was founded in 1994 by labour activist Han Dongfang and has grown from a small monitoring and research group into a proactive outreach organization that seeks to defend and promote workers rights in the People’s Republic of China. We are a non-governmental organization based in Hong Kong and have extensive links and cooperation with labour groups and law firms within China, as well as with the international labour movement.

There is a 10 grade work ability scale. Grades 1 – 4 are the most serious and indicate that the employee no longer has any ability to work; grades 5 and 6 signify that an employee has lost most of their ability to work, while workers with grade 7 to 10 injuries are classified as partially disabled. By law, employers are required to pay the medical expenses of employees suffering from work-related injuries as well as a disability allowance based on the seriousness of the injuries.

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