Magazine article Risk Management

Editor's Prerogative

Magazine article Risk Management

Editor's Prerogative

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THIS MONTH'S COVER ART IS DECIDEDLY complex. To appreciate it you really have to study it closely-a perspective that pertains to the subject of the cover story, "Diagnosis: Reduced Disability Costs," as well. Escalating workers' comp and disability claims, especially those relating to chronic back, neck and limb pain, aren't resolved so easily, and returning the employee back to work may take more than a light duty revised job description. In examining the problems associated with chronic pain sufferers, Dr. Nelson Hendler has focused on the diagnosis phase of treatment. You'll be interested in what his research has indicated.

Dana Kerr, risk analyst at Micron Technology, conducted some research of his own on the liability stemming from performance failure of computer hardware and software. It netted him the 1997 Edith E Lichota Award, presented annually by RIMS, to support and recognize academic research with practical applications. Mr. Kerr, noting that most product liability coverage is for physical harm, has demonstrated some successful adaptations of traditional EAO policies to respond to this very costly exposure for high-tech manufacturers. …

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