A study recently released by Liberty Mutual Insurance Company found that, "injured employees return to work faster once a nurse gets involved, with costs dropping 26% and claims resolutions happening 15% faster than without a nurse involved." What the article fails to mention is the fact that those statistics, while beneficial to the workers comp insurance carrier, show the harm done to injured workers by the Nurse Case Managers who are there to "help" the claimant. The purpose of a Nurse Case Manager is to control the costs of the case, despite the effect it has on the injured worker.
Common tactics used by Nurse Case Managers, in their effort to lower the costs of workers compensation claims, include things such as conferencing with doctors to reduce or remove restrictions which prevent the claimant from returning to work. By having the claimant return to work as soon as possible, the Nurse Case Manager is reducing the costs of workers' compensation claims to their employer, the workers' compensation insurance carrier. This is done without the Nurse Case Manager taking into consideration the harm which could come to the claimant from having to return to work before he or she is actually able to do so.
In complex cases such as these, it is imperative the claimant select an attorney who has experience dealing in such issues. The attorneys at Lancaster & Eure have over 70 years of combined experience in dealing with these issues and will put that experience to work in fighting to get their clients the benefits they deserve.
Nurses a linchpin in reducing workers comp costs