Workers’ Compensation

In 2005, the U.S. Department of Labor determined that there are 4.6 injuries per 100 fulltime employees in the workplace.

  • Manufacturing sector – 6.2 injuries per 100
  • Small businesses (1-10 employees) – 2 per 100
  • Mid-sized businesses (50-249 employees) – 5.8 per 100
  • Large businesses (more than 1000 employees) 5.2 per 100

Injured employees require an average of 19 therapy visits (Workers Compensation Research Institute).

The average number of work days lost to secondary to work injuries – 9
Sprains/strains account for 40% of the injuries

A work-related injury results in a loss of $38,000 including wages, productivity loss and medical expenses (National Safety Council, 2005)

The cost of a motor vehicle accident that may occur while an employee is driving to offsite treatment is $20,000-60,000.

The National Safety Council documented that the longer you wait to treat workers’ compensation injuries, the greater the cost.

Personal Injury

In 2003, the Journal of the American Medical Association determined that corporations experience a cost of $60 billion per year due to lost productivity (based on an average of 13% of the workforce experiencing injury.)

Direct and indirect costs are estimated to be $100 billion.

Each injured employee loses approximately 4.6 hours/week secondary to pain, headaches, lower back pain, arthritis etc.

The National Safety Council found that the cost of off-the-job injuries was greater than that of work injuries. Companies that promote off-the-job safety programs such as low back programs or sports injury prevention have fewer workplace injuries.

Onsite Physical Therapy is Effective

Martin Marietta had an onsite physical therapy program from 1982-1993. They concluded that their in-house PT program “produced calculated savings of $8.3 million, a benefit to cost ratio of greater than 9 to 1.” Cost reductions resulted from fewer required visits, less treatment time per visit, reduced absenteeism and decreased travel time. (Evolution of an On-site Industrial PT Program, Journal of Occupational Medicine, Vol. 35, Oct. 1993)

In 1997, a New York company reported that “the mean lost days (MLD) for all 41 patients treated in-house was 140 compared with 489 MLD of 41 patients treated elsewhere.” (The Value of In-House Physical Therapy, Journal of Occupational Medicine, Vol. 39, Apr. 1997)

An onsite PT program at Pfizer generated “an average ROI of 2.38 from 1994-1997 and produced over $590,000 in savings due to the reduction in lost time because of access to onsite services.” These savings were due to reduced claim costs and less lost time from work.

Eli Lilly conducted a study over a 4-year period of their onsite PT program and found a 50% savings in cost per visit and 22% savings due to the decrease in the number of PT visits. (Economic Impact of Onsite Physical Therapy, Journal of Occupational Medicine, Vol. 43, Aug. 2001)

California-based Precare, Inc., an onsite physical therapy company, conducted a 2003 outcome study that documented a:

  • 43% reduction in physical therapy visits
  • 59% reduction in claim cost
  • 50% savings in treatment time due to reduced travel time
  • 70% savings in cost of hours/claim
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