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Obesity causes complications with workers compensation claims

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The nationwide issue with obesity is causing problems with workers compensation claims throughout the United States, making it difficult for employees to return to work in a timely manner and in top physical condition, reported Workforce Management.

The news source said obesity not only creates risk factors for health issues such as hypertension, diabetes, stroke, coronary heart disease and cancer, these conditions can make workers compensation cases much more complicated.

Laurie Ogsaen, a workers compensation insurance specialist, told the source many physicians often tell obese employees in workers compensation cases to undertake weight-loss programs or even gastric bypass surgery, which can cause even more issues with the case. Employers may be responsible for paying for the surgery or workout programs.

Workplace wellness programs may seem costly to implement, but employers can seek out financial help with grant programs to finance these programs, reported the Smart Business Network.

The website said a number of studies have shown workplace wellness programs have created a reduction in return-to-work days, and reduced the frequency and the severity of claims. Business are often able to see a high return on their investment for such programs.

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