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Carpal Tunnel Claims Reduced By Almost 50% – Amazing

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Carpal Tunnel NCCI

When I was looking over the recent report by NCCI, I noticed an incredible figure on the reduction of a certain type of injury. Their September 2010 report, “Workers Compensation Claim Frequency Continues to Decline in 2009” is a treasure trove of great statistics. The one that jumped off the page for me was that carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) claims had decreased by 46% overall.

Picture Of Hand With Carpal Tunnel Scars
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I then researched the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to see if I could find a similar number on a national basis. According to the BLS, carpal tunnel claims decreased 47.6%. Having handled and consulted on hundreds of CTS claims in the past, I thought this was a great advance in safety programs to reduce the number by this high of a percentage.

In the NCCI report, there were a few possible reasons that CTS claims were reduced by almost one-half. The best reason that I read was the recent recession had resulted in a reduction in assembly line production work, where CTS injuries are common. I would even add that with the high number of manufacturing going overseas would also have an effect.

One more reason could possibly be that CTS claims were one of the most preventable injuries in workers compensation. Techniques such as the angle of the assembly line, frequent rest breaks, and job-duty shifting were employed over the last ten years.

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James Moore

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
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