In research news:

A new survey conducted by Summit Pharmacy reveals that workers’ comp has a negative connotation for many Americans in the general public, most of whom have never filed a workers’ compensation claim. Key findings included:

  • 35% of Americans think that you need a PhD to complete all the necessary paperwork associated with a workers’ compensation claim.
  • And, despite the fact that about 80% of workers’ comp fraud is perpetrated by employers, not employees (NELP Fact Sheet August 2014), 37% of respondents feel that most workers’ compensation claims are made by people who don’t want to work.

According to the authors, the results indicate that the system is publicly understood as complicated and “a nightmare” for beneficiaries. Additionally, the general hostility toward workers who receive comp reinforces the perception that fraud is primarily a claimant issue.

Read coverage from WorkCompCentral (paid content) and access the findings here.

 

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