An American workers’ compensation blog, Workers Comp Insider, posted a fascinating article on the workplace-related traumatic brain injuries. The article discusses a new research paper by Peter Rousmaniere – “Gray Matters: The Employer’s Role in Brain Injury Recovery”.
The original article in Risk Management magazine is also a good example of clear writing on a complex matter.
Clearly, workers who receive a severe brain injury should not be shuffled away into the Never-Never as is traditional. There are counselling and rehabilitation techniques available that have originated from many sources, including contemporary wars.
Workers Comp Insider writes:
“Part of the challenge is early identification, rapid response, and aggressive treatment early in the injury, and aggressive recovery goals. Patients who are treated in the workers comp system, where care is often managed and coordinated and where insurers and employers aggressively advocate for recovery and return to work, often have an advantage over those patients treated under group health. With workers compensation, employers/insurers have financial responsibility for the life of a claim and, therefore, more incentive to work towards maximum recovery.”
Regardless of the importance advice about early treatment, the last sentence seems to indicate a cultural management role for workers’ compensation policies, a perspective rarely heard in Australia.
SafetyAtWorkBlog does not report on defence force injuries often because the cross-industry relevance is often strained but as I have a cousin who was in the British armed force in the Middle East who was seriously brain-damaged by a roadside bomb, the rehabilitation initiatives have particular importance.