Is Obesity Associated with Adverse Workers' Compensation Claims Outcomes? A Pilot Study

Xuguang Tao, Robert A. Lavin, Larry Yuspeh, Edward J. Bernacki

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Abstract

Obesity is associated with an increased risk for many chronic illnesses and disability. Objective: To assess the relationship between obesity and delayed return to work and workers' compensation claim costs for both minor and significant injuries. Method: There were 1107 workers who filed a workers' compensation claim with the Louisiana Workers' Compensation Corporation in 2011 that were followed up to the end of the first quarter of 2014. Result: Adjusting for sex, age, marital status, and attorney involvement, the odds ratio of an obese versus normal weight claimant returning to work after a severe injury was 3.58 (95% confidence interval, 1.26 to 10.14) and claim expenses $100,000 or more, 3.19 (95% confidence interval, 1.18 to 8.62). Conclusions: Obesity was associated with increased time lost from work and costs among workers' compensation claimants sustaining severe, but not minor injuries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)795-800
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Volume57
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 30 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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