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What Ever Happened to Workmans or Workmens Comp?


Workmans or Workmens Comp

Workers Comp used to be termed Workmans or Workmens Comp in the old days – right? Actually, that is an inaccurate statement. According to the Google Adwords Keyword tool, Workmens Comp was searched for 90,500 times last month worldwide.

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I think Workmans Comp is not such an archaic search term. I also tried the same Google Adwords search for Workmans Comp. The results showed a surprising 165,000 searches worldwide for the term. If you combine Workmans and Workmens Comp together, that is 255,500 searches for those two so-called archaic terms in the last month.

Why would there be so many Google searches (not counting Yahoo or Bing) for such chauvinistic or misogynistic terms? I think most of the searches for these terms could be attributed to people unfamiliar with Workers Compensation insurance.

One of the most astounding results is the Google search itself. Due to onsite and offsite website engineering the first two pages of search terms for either term does not even appear until the second page. Yes, I am one of those people that actually look at the second pages of the terms.

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As we all know, Google search results can vary. I just checked again and Workmans Comp appeared twice on the first page. Workmens had the same results.

The one astounding metric is when you search the two terms, Google will correct your search term and show the results for Workers Compensation. The result would agree with the changing of the terms to Workers Compensation sometime in the 1960’s or 1970’s.

I could add in the apostrophes (Workmen’s Workman’s) and search again to see the terms. The results are different from the non-possessive terms. Finally, there is the term Work Comp that results in a different set of Google search results.

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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
  • LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites
  • Various trade publications


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