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Work with doctors to see if injury is related to work or age

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Issue: As the work force ages, more employees are suffering age-related injuries that appear to be work related.

Risk: You may wind up paying, in insurance and workers' comp costs, for injuries that aren't associated with the job.

Action: Work with physicians to distinguish between injuries that are work-related and those that are age-related.

You recognize the benefits of employing older people, but you may be overlooking an inevitable byproduct: the risk of higher insurance and workers' comp costs due to injuries brought on by the effects of natural aging.

Your goal: Determine which of those injuries are truly caused by work, and thus covered by workers' comp, and which are the result of normal aging. It's important to work with a knowledgeable physician who is trained at drawing such lines.

Fact: The length and cost of work disability is much higher among employees age 60 to 74, compared with people a...(register to read more)

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