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Document ID (ISN)77015
CIS number 01-1079
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2000
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Rosenman K.D., Gardiner J.C., Wang J., Biddle J., Hogan A., Reilly M.J., Roberts K., Welch E.
Title Why most workers with occupational repetitive trauma do not file for workers' compensation
Bibliographic information Jan. 2000, Vol.42, No.1, p.25-34. 16 ref.
Abstract Despite the availability of no-fault insurance for wage replacement and medical care costs, the majority of workers diagnosed with an occupational disease do not apply for workers' compensation. The objective of the study was to determine the reasons why workers diagnosed with work-related musculoskeletal disease did not apply for workers' compensation benefits. A cross-sectional study of 1,598 individuals diagnosed with neck, upper extremity, and low back work-related musculoskeletal disease in the state of Michigan (USA) was performed. The study showed that that only 25% of these workers filed for workers' compensation and refutes the common perception that an individual with a work-related problem is likely to file for a workers' compensation claim. The strongest predictors of who would file were associated with the severity of the condition. Other factors were increasing length of employment, lower annual income, and worker dissatisfaction with coworkers. The study population consisted mainly of unionized autoworkers, and the findings may not be generalizable to the total workforce.
Descriptors (primary) compensation of occupational diseases; motor vehicle industry; musculoskeletal diseases
Descriptors (secondary) USA; Michigan; job dissatisfaction; remuneration; lumbar column; upper extremity disorders; backache; service life; statistical evaluation; severity rates; cervicobrachial syndrome
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Generalities
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Motor vehicle manufacturing industry
Workers' compensation
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system