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How Weight Affects Workers’ Comp Guidelines

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According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), nearly 67 percent of the United States is obese. This means that over two-thirds of your coworkers not only have an increased risk for hypertension, diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and arthritis, but they also have an increased chance of becoming physically injured doing everyday activities. As a result of this statistic, workers’ compensation can become complicated and frustrating—not only for the employee but for the employer as well.

Obesity Can Complicate Workers’ Compensation Claims

In addition to an increased risk of becoming injured, obese workers are also more likely to miss more work, and become permanently disabled than healthy weight co-workers. Not only does this pose a problem for recovery, but it also poses a problem for employers and confuses the line of how much workers’ compensation should be granted as a result of varying weights. Should obese employees get more compensation than oth er co-workers because they have the following?

  • Increased medical costs
  • Increased time for recovery
  • Increased chance of permanent disability
  • Increased chance of depression
  • Increased chance of drug abuse


This question has become a hot topic issue for many Lake Charles’ employers, and has caused confusion, frustrations, and complications amongst workers’ comp claimants such as denying claims and requiring mandatory weight loss regimens before receiving settlement wages.

Don’t allow these complications to deny you the settlement you deserve for your injury. Contact us today for a free consultation and let us take the weight off your mind, while you work to take the weight off your injury.

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