The field of workers’ compensation has to constantly evolve to stay current with what is happening in the workplace. This might require changing rules or adjusting benefits. In any case, it is important to understand what is happening in this area so that when you apply for benefits, you know what to expect.
The Hartford explains that the workers’ compensation system will have to make changes soon to address the use of marijuana as medicine and for recreation as more states begin to legalize it. The system has already begun the process of making adjustments to address the opioid epidemic. Another issue that, unfortunately, is becoming prevalent is active shooter situations in the workplace. The system needs to find ways to approach those types of injury claims.
Workers’ compensation is already changing as it adjusts to employers making ergonomics a priority and implementing standards, which then help to reduce many types of repetitive stress claims. Also, the increase in the use of technology is having an impact on workers’ compensation. The increase in the use of computers to do dangerous tasks helps to reduce injuries and claims. It also allows for newer technology that can reduce the overall risk of some tasks.
As the workplace evolves, workers’ compensation has no choice but to make changes and adjustments to current rules and policies. There may be a new type of claim on the horizon that nobody can predict or a change in the law that makes current standards, policies and rules obsolete. Many things can happen as technology comes into play and society changes. This means the workers’ compensation system must stay alert to keep up.