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How Would Doctor Know Duties Of Each Job – Job Duty Videos


Doctor Needs to Know Duties Of Each Job

Most employers create job duty videos after a string or one serious accident occurs in a policy year.   Videoing the job tasks for all jobs is a great Risk Management technique.

The Doctor should know the duties of each job are important. Once again, I am tying up the loose ends of my last several posts. This had to do with one of the Five Keys to Controlling Your Workers Comp Costs. The most important one of the Keys was to direct medical control. One of the other important Keys was to devise and use a full return-to-work program in your business.

Vector Graphic of Duties Of Each Job Medical Team

The easiest way to have the treating physicians in your area know the job duties of the various jobs at your employer is to record a full video of all the job duties of each job. This allows the Workers Comp treating physician to virtually visit your job site to examine the duties of each job. When an injured employee sees the treating physician, having a visual record of the job duties makes it much easier for a successful return to work by the physician.

I very often have seen a doctor not release the employee back to work on a modified duty return to work or full return to work as he/she did not have a list of the job duties. If anyone thinks this is not important, the increase in Workers Comp costs by not having the job duties recorded is an increase in the cost of 800%.

Picture Female Doctor Writing Notes While Looking at Laptop Duties Of Each Job Important

Most of the Workers Compensation Boards or Courts are not very favorable to having job duties recorded after an injury. The best way to accomplish this task is before any employee is injured by making a video job bank of all the jobs and their duties. This is a very successful loss-reduction strategy. Many companies specialize in job duty videos. Make sure the company that makes the videos has a vast knowledge of Workers Compensation return to work. An employer can make their own, but the videos must be specific to each job.

The cost may seem a little exorbitant. However, the 800% increase in claims $ spent would justify the costs. The other side of the coin from loss reduction is aiding the employee in returning to a job safely.

I did not mention a modified return to work as the laws vary so much on videos of job duties for modified jobs. As I said before, this would be made post-injury. The Industrial Commissions are not that favorable on making a video after the injury. Your company could still make videos of the job duties. You would need to check with your state laws on videoing the job duties for a modified return to work. Some states have “anti-make work” laws that prohibit just making up a job out of thin air to save on paying Workers Comp benefits.

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James J Moore - Workers Comp Expert

Raleigh, NC, United States

About The Author...

James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Management 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
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