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A Loss Run Review Question From One of our Blog ReadersIn one of your earlier blogs, you said that Workers Comp monthly or quarterly loss runs are like gold to an employer.

What are the deadlines for reviewing them to try to reduce my premium?

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Our recommendation is that you set aside some time after receiving each monthly/quarterly loss run to review the claims.

One of the reasons that you must review them very often is one of my old work comp rules –

You cannot go back and change what has been paid on a Workers Comp file or change the reserve after the file has been closed. Workers Comp reserves are the “here and now” money that is going to affect your insurance budget for up to five years.

Workers Compensation premiums have a look-back period where we can go back into the past a few years, but we can do nothing with the reserves on a file that has already been handled and closed. There are some companies that will go back into the past and try to sue their Work Comp carrier, but that is usually a long, drawn-out process where everyone loses.

There are some prior posts that cover how to look at your loss run in this blog. You must start talking to your insurance carrier three months after your new policy just renewed. That does sound strange, please read this carefully. Do not start trying to review your reserves in November for a January 1 renewal date. You are months late and will not help your E-Mod or premiums.

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Feel free to email me at [email protected] if you wish to know when you need to start reviewing your reserves and when your reserves will affect your E-Mod and premiums.

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Raleigh, NC, United States

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James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Mgmt Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

LexisNexis has twice recognized his blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs on Workers’ Compensation. J&L has been listed in AM Best’s Preferred Providers Directory for Insurance Experts – Workers Compensation for over eight years. He recently won the prestigious Baucom Shine Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the area of risk management and safety. James was recently named as an instructor for the prestigious Insurance Academy.

James is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the North Carolina Mid-State Safety Council. He has published two manuals on Workers’ Compensation and three different claims processing manuals. He has also written and has been quoted in numerous articles on reducing Workers’ Compensation costs for public and private employers. James publishes a weekly newsletter with 7,000 readers.

He currently possess press credentials and am invited to various national Workers Compensation conferences as a reporter.

James’s articles or interviews on Workers’ Compensation have appeared in the following publications or websites:

  • Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS)
  • Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Bloomberg Business News
  • WorkCompCentral.com
  • Claims Magazine
  • Risk & Insurance Magazine
  • Insurance Journal
  • Workers Compensation.com
  • LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites
  • Various trade publications

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