Recently, there has been a change in the number of Wisconsin workers’ compensation claims filed by employees at companies throughout the country. At this point, it is difficult to tell what effects this change could have on workers.
During the past several years, the number of workers’ compensation claims filed by employees had been going down. However, recent reports indicate that this trend may be reversing. Many companies are claiming that workers’ compensation claims have either stopped decreasing or have even begun to increase. It is not yet clear what is causing this trend.
There are a couple of potential causes. First, it could be caused by something employers are doing. Perhaps less money is being spent on safety programs and this is leading to an increase in accidents.
However, it’s also possible that the trend isn’t being caused by any specific employer action. Perhaps the number of workers’ compensation claims has just found its natural resting place after years of going down. Thus, the new trend could just be natural market factors at work.
What does this new trend mean for the safety of employees? It’s hard to say when the cause of the trend is unknown. The biggest problem this increase could pose to employees is if the trend is connected to a reduction in safety measures. If employers are cutting safety measures to save on costs, this could make employees more vulnerable to workplace accidents and injuries.
There is another possible effect this new trend could have on employees. If the new trend continued, and workers’ compensation claims continued to rise, employers could start trying to cut costs in regard to these claims. Could this lead to an increase in the number of claims employers would start to challenge? And could this lead to measures that would make it more difficult for employees to receive workers’ compensation? At this point, it is difficult to tell.
Thus, it is hard to know what effect this new trend will have on the safety of employees and their ability to receive workers’ compensation. Hopefully, as time goes on, more will be discovered about the causes and effects of this trend.