A new research study was recently published by the California Workers’ Compensation Institute showing that the chances of a workers’ comp inpatient hospital stay decreased by more than 30% between 2010 and 2018.
Hospital discharge data was analyzed to arrive at this result. Multiple factors influenced whether or not someone who sustained a serious workers’ comp injury was likely to have to stay in the hospital, including fluctuations in the types and numbers of different claims, procedural advances that enable more services for workers’ comp injuries to be addressed in outpatient settings and increased use of ambulatory surgical centers.
Workers’ compensation injuries have a significant impact on the life of the individual worker, their family members and the companies who experience lost productivity and other outcomes associated with an accident.
Prevention of workplace accidents should be a top goal for all companies. Many workers’ compensation accidents happening in California are completely preventable. Appropriate evaluation of safety gear, supervisory procedures during projects and ongoing training and safety information can help companies to decrease the risk of a workers’ comp accident happening on their property.
If you or someone you know has already sustained a devastating accident on the job and are curious about your workers’ comp benefits, scheduling a consultation with a dedicated San Francisco workers’ comp lawyer can help you prepare for the future.