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September 26, 2017

3 Ways Employee Age Affects Workers’ Compensation Utilization

As the proportion of American workers who are 55 years of age or older increases, how will workers’ compensation utilization change? This is a monumental question for small business owners in the United States. According to one study, nearly 25% of the American labor force will be 55 or older by 2018.

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September 19, 2017

Understanding Workers’ Compensation Underwriting Guidelines

If you are working with an underwriter to help make sure your agency clients have the right amount of workers’ compensation coverage, having a working understanding of the process and terminology can be a huge help. To get started, check out our Workers’ Compensation Sell Sheet.

Categories: Workers' Compensation

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September 2, 2016

Tips to avoid the five most common workplace injuries

Each Labor Day, we celebrate the contributions and achievements of American workers. It’s a fitting time to consider how to keep employees safe at work. Safe workplaces not only reduce the human and financial costs associated with an accident, but also boost morale and productivity.

Based on internal analysis of claims data, AmTrust, the third largest provider of workers’ compensation insurance nationwide, found that the most common small business workplace injuries include overexertion; falls, slips or trips; transportation incidents; burns; and lacerations. Many of these injuries can be avoided.

In honor of Labor Day, here are five tips for business owners to help their employees avoid common workplace injuries:

                                                                                       

                                                                                           

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January 21, 2016

5 Common Myths About Workers’ Compensation Coverage

Small business insurance, and more specifically, workers’ compensation insurance, is an absolute necessity for any business.For many owners, workers’ compensation insurance programs are insufficient, or worse, non-existent—simply because they believe long-held falsehoods about workers’ compensation insurance.

Clients' beliefs in these myths can have a major impact on the success of your agency—and like a domino effect—may impact the overall quality and success of your business. Many small business insurance agents would agree, if a company’s workers’ compensation program is subpar, the weakness can leave a business vulnerable to potential risks and financial disasters—ones that are avoidable with the proper program.

Categories: Workers' Compensation

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June 17, 2015

Workers’ Comp: Prevention is a Smart Investment.

According to a December 16, 2014 news release from the US Department of Labor Statistics, the most common cause of workers’ comp claims, spanning all industries, is “overexertion and/or bodily reaction,” causing sprains, strains and yes, workers’ comp claims.

Despite the high rate of occurrence, on-the-job mishaps can be serious, disabling and quite costly. Ironically, sprains and strains (legally and medically knows as Musculoskeletal Disorders, or MSDs) are the easiest to prevent.

Categories: Workers' Compensation

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June 11, 2015

5 Reasons It Matters Who You Choose for Workers’ Comp

By Matt Zender

It’s something a small business owner just has to carry – workers’ compensation insurance. Perish the thought of ever having to use it, and all the policy options essentially provide the same coverage for a loss that occurs. So why should the carrier matter to agents? Because it's better to understand the differences between carriers before your client ever has to file a claim.

Categories: Workers' Compensation

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