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

That’s according to research from “Comparing Outcomes for InjuredWorkers, 2016 Interviews,” a multiyear study effort by the WorkersCompensation Research Institute. Six state studies in the projecthave just been released, comparing outcomes for injured workers inIndiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia andWisconsin and nine other states.

The six states just released are based on interviews conductedin 2016, while the other nine states — Arkansas, Connecticut,Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, andTennessee — were conducted from 2013 to 2015. The outcomes examinedinclude recovery of physical health and functioning, return towork, earnings recovery, access to medical care and satisfactionwith medical care.

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