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37% of Americans believe most workers’ compensation claimants “don’t want to work”

Survey reveals injured workers deal with stigma and an overly complex process

PHOENIX, Nov. 14, 2014 – A stubborn stigma persists toward injured workers who file workers’ compensation claims, according to a new survey commissioned by Summit Pharmacy Inc.

The survey revealed:

  • Nearly two in five Americans (37 percent) believe “most workers’ compensation claims are made by people who don’t want to work.”
  • One in three American workers (34 percent) believe if they were injured on the job, “it would be a nightmare process to get the pain medication(s) my doctor prescribed.”
  • More than one-third of Americans (35 percent) agreed with this statement: “You need a PhD to complete all the necessary paperwork associated with a worker’s compensation claim.”

The survey of more than 2,000 adults (aged 18+) was conducted online from September 29 – October 1 by Harris Poll on behalf of Summit Pharmacy, which preserves the rights of injured workers by helping them get the doctor-prescribed medications they need, while working with attorneys and physicians to expedite the worker’s compensation claims process.

“The vast majority of workers are holding up their end of the bargain by putting in an honest day’s effort,” said Dr. Joel Morton, founder, president and medical director, Summit Pharmacy Inc. “Too often, injured workers face stigma and complications as they attempt to wade through complicated and frustrating bureaucracy. Work-related injuries often create a spiral of despair that affects entire families, sometimes permanently.”

Methodology: This survey was conducted online within the United States from September 29 – October 1, 2014 among 2,016 adults ages 18 and older by Harris Poll on behalf of Summit via its Quick Query omnibus product. Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.

Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Poll surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in the Harris Poll panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.