Workfinders USA: Case Study
We Save Clients Money on Work Comp Costs...to the tune of $815,000!
The proof in how our return-to-work program saves on work comp costs is in our clients’ successes. Our customers include companies in industries such as retail, hospitality, labor, aviation, transportation, healthcare and more. The below case study is a real-world example on how our aggressive Return-to-Work program saves our clients significantly on work comp .
TRIAL CASE FOR NATIONAL SENIOR CARE EMPLOYER
- Illinois work comp claim
- 47 year old female
- Aide Manager
- Left knee
- 25lbs. lifting occasional
- 20lbs. lifting frequently
- No climbing/limited stairs
- AWW - $441.00
Claimant worked for insured for 4 ½ years prior to incident and was cleared to work full-time under stated physical restrictions. This claimant was essentially a care giver for the insured, taking care of 10-15 elderly individuals. Duties included bed transfers, taking vitals, food/medicine assistance and other duties involving caring of the elderly. Claimant graduated high school and completed college courses in nursing. This individual was making approximately $11/hour at time of injury. Previous employment also included care giving/nurse care.
This individual lived in Naperville, IL which has a population of approximately 140,000, a very healthy population and a good market for jobs.
Enter Workfinders USA
This was a critical case for us as this was our first (trial) case for a potential client – a national carrier. So the pressure was on to help the client to achieve cost savings!
Since the claimant had years of experience in the nursing industry, it only made sense to try to find jobs within the same industry, looking for no-touch/no-lift work. The claimant seemed upbeat about returning to work. Our strategy was to contact viable employers, sell the claimant’s background and schedule interviews. Given the background of the claimant and the job market in Naperville, we had no trouble locating open, suitable jobs.
The first interview we scheduled for the claimant was a full-time Caregiver position at an assisted living company very similar in nature to the insured. The employer, because of the claimant’s experience, wanted to meet the claimant and discuss the job as well as physical restrictions. The claimant failed to show.
We went on to schedule eight more job appointments for the claimant, for jobs such as: Receptionist, Care Aide, and Front Desk (hotel)
Of the nine total appointments we scheduled, the claimant did not show, or sabotaged seven appointments. Due to this noncompliance, our program was able to create undeniable leverage for our client to have the upper hand on the claim.
Workfinders USA was on this claim for approx. four months. The claimant eventually settled to avoid court, our testimony and our relentless documentation.
Another example of how aggressive Return-to-Work will help the defense save money on workers' compensation claims. The difference between a passive Return-to-Work vendor and an aggressive one could be literally hundreds of thousands of dollars per claim! Make sure you know how your vendor is working your work comp claims.
Final numbers are below:
Maximum Exposure = $872,000
Final Settlement = $57,000
Savings = $815,000