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Prioritizing Mental Health for Workers Injured On The Job WCRI


I decided to place this session by itself as I had written on this session last week. Prioritizing mental health of injured workers has came to the forefront in “the whole person” medical treatment.

Dr. Boden – Suicide and Opioid Mortality Related to Workplace Injury

Injured Worker Mortality in New Mexico

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    Women – Lost time injured -10%

  • Men – Lost time injured – 16%

Suicides and Opioids result in more deaths than auto accidents

Drug-related and suicide deaths within 20 years after injury – 300% higher in women

A study from West Virginia – same results

Injured employees had a very heavy tendency for opioid dependency

40% increase in depression post-injury lost-time claims

Injury prevention is tantamount.

Mr. Callahan – MA Building Trades Council

  • 93% male workforce
  • If you do not work, you do not get paid
  • A lot of addiction due to return to work issues, need to work
  • Peer-to-peer advisors have been successful

Mary Christensen – Southern CA Edison

  • Advocacy program – 360-degree outlook
  • EAP provider teaming with claims department for services offered by EAP
  • Non-occ claims reps brought in for training
  • Identifying stuck employees

Dr. Larsen – New England Baptist Hospital

  • CBT Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – coping skills
  • Pre-frontal therapy never addresses the limbic system
  • Limbic approach EMDR- Rapid Eye Movement treatment
  • Reteach breathing to lower stress
  • Sense of learned helplessness <<<I have seen this often in Workers Comp claims >>>
  • Lew Millender, MD – Baptist Hospital – if you care about your patients, they will return to work faster
  • Field Case Manager – Rehab Nurse on file always makes the file turn out better <<<my favorite WC Risk Management Technique>>>> 
  • Return to work always has to be the goal when prioritizing mental health
  • Trauma theatre – rewind effect of the trauma
  • Physical therapists are invaluable to the psychological recovery

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Raleigh, NC, United States

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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:

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