Report: Workers' comp claim costs are higher for obese employees

11/21/2013 | BenefitsPro.com

An analysis of independent studies on workers' compensation found that the number and cost of claims are higher for obese workers than for those who aren't obese, according to a report from Lockton. Based on these studies, "obese claimants incurred medical costs 6.8 times higher than non-obese (as defined by body mass index), were twice as likely to file a claim and [had] an indemnity duration that averaged about 13 times higher," Lockton said.

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