Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Work-Related Injuries Often Not Paid by Comp

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Work-Related Injuries Often Not Paid by Comp

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A Connecticut study of work-related musculoskeletal disorders found that such injuries were more prevalent than once thought, and a high percentage of those injuries were not treated under workers' compensation.

Upper Extremity Repetitive Strain Injuries in Connecticut 1996, Extent and Costs examined work-related stress injuries in the state. Such cases were found to be widely prevalent in the state's working population and "far exceed injury claims entered in the state's workers' compensation system."

Researchers assembled a random sampling of working-age individuals with self-reported disorders of the neck and upper extremities. Those who met pain categories were assessed through questioning to determine whether their injury was work-related.

About 10 percent of the individuals had filed comp claims. The remaining 90 percent was taken care of by government sources, other employer-provided benefits, and the individual and the family, according to the study.

The study found that "unmarried individuals, and those with only a high school education or less, reported significantly higher numbers of workers' compensation claims." Those with greater personal resources and family support reported injuries to the comp system less often, the study said. …

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