New research shows coming back fully for an injured employee may be more difficult than once thought. (Photo: iStock)

Between 10 percent and 18 percent of injured workers across 15 states never manage a substantial return to work after an injury.

That’s according to research from “Comparing Outcomes for Injured Workers, 2016 Interviews,” a multiyear study effort by the Workers Compensation Research Institute. Six state studies in the project have just been released, comparing outcomes for injured workers in Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin and nine other states.

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