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Lag Times in Reporting Injuries, Receiving Medical Care, and Missing Work
Associations With the Length of Work Disability in Occupational Back Injuries Objective: The aim of this study is to examine the associations between lag times following occupational low back injury and the length of work disability. Methods: In a retrospective cohort study using workers' compensation claims, random effects Tobit models were used to explore how disability length relates to three lag times: the number of days from the date of injury to reporting the injury, the number of days from the date of injury to medical care, and the number of days from the date of injury to initiating...
Length of Disability and Medical Costs in Low Back Pain
Do State Workers' Compensation Policies Make a Difference? Objective: The aim of the study was to examine the impact of state workers' compensation (WC) policies regarding wage replacement and medical benefits on medical costs and length of disability (LOD) in workers with low back pain (LBP). Methods: Retrospective cohort analysis of LBP claims from 49 states (n?=?59,360) filed between 2002 and 2008, extracted from a large WC administrative database. Results: Longer retroactive periods and state WC laws allowing treating provider choice were associated with higher medical costs and longer...

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