Comorbid conditions in workers’ compensation and auto no-fault can increase
medical complications, duration of treatment and costs.

Check out our five-part series to learn the full impact of comorbidities on claimant health and financial outcomes and strategies to mitigate the negative consequences.

To read a post from our five-part series, click on one of the titles below:

  • Part one: Comorbidity and Injured Individuals

  • What comorbidities are and three ways they can make a bad situation worse.
  • Part two: Comorbid Mental Health Disorders in Workers’ Compensation & Auto No-fault

  • Injuries can lead to unexpected outcomes such as depression, sleep-related disorders and anxiety disorders. Research shows significantly greater costs associated with treating mental health comorbidities, plus longer return-to-work timeframes.
  • Part three: Comorbid High Blood Pressure in the Injured Individual

  • Hypertension or high blood pressure can complicate the treatment plan for an injured person and delay healing. Plus, careful oversight of prescribed hypertension medications is critical to avoid adverse side effects.
  • Part four: How comorbid respiratory diseases & smoking impact injured claimant outcomes

  • Chronic respiratory disease is a major health issue and can exacerbate injuries. As of 2017, it was the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Smoking can decrease bone healing and increase risk of bone infections.
  • Part five: How comorbid diabetes and obesity impact claims outcomes

  • Comorbid obesity and diabetes significantly increase complications and mortality risk. Diabetes and obesity are associated with wounds that may have prolonged healing times and increased infection rate. Obesity quadruples the risk of Type 2 diabetes and raises the likelihood of injury.

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