Return-to-Work/Designated Medical Provider

In North Dakota, workers’ compensation issues are often ignored or uncontrolled by business owners. Ignoring this business expense can have a negative financial impact on your company. Controlling your workers’ compensation costs is not difficult, it just takes commitment from top management on down. To control your costs, it is important to have a clear understanding of workers’ compensation and the role of employers in the process. To help, North Dakota Workforce Safety & Insurance (WSI) has created a Loss Control department within the Employers Services Division to provide employers with education, training, assistance, and tools needed to create an effective loss control system for work-related injuries.

Goal

We believe a claim is most successfully resolved when an injured worker returns to work. This allows the injured worker to enjoy esteem, fulfillment, and the financial reward of employment and provides the employer the benefit of reduced workers’ compensation costs and premiums.

Benefits

Employers and workers both benefit from a Return-to-Work Program. Benefits include:

  • Increased productivity
  • Increased quality of work
  • Reduced workers’ compensation claims costs through properly responding to and managing workplace injuries
  • Reduced risk of injury to workers and damage to equipment

The injured worker has the opportunity to make informed choices about treatment and transitional work opportunities.

  • Average length of disability is shortened and approaches zero
  • Work replacement costs are reduced
  • Litigation rate diminishes
  • Workplace culture includes transitional work as part of the recovery process

The Partners in Loss Control Manual covers both the Return-to-Work and Designated Medical Provider programs.