Do Opioids Help Workers Return Work Faster

William J. Kropach

We have all heard about opioids and how the addiction to them has sadly swept across the nation causing an epidemic. Not only is it devastating families but it is also costing the United States billions of taxpayer dollars each and every year.

Sadly, the thing is that even though opioids have such a bad reputation, when administered in the correct manner they can be very useful to treat pain, especially in women. A recent study by Princeton University found that opioids can help workers stay at work when in other cases they may have taken a leave of absence.

The effects of opioids on workplace compensation

A new study from researchers at the Workers Compensation Research Institute in Cambridge, Mass., the Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in Lebanon, N.H. and the Department of Economics at the University of California, found that patients on opioids receive triple the amount of disability benefits than those workers who did not receive disability benefits for similar injuries. There was no link between the benefits of opioids and the time taken to return to work after the injuries. This is because employees who use opioids for an extended period have to be out of work for longer, thus costing employers more. They said that while opioid use cannot be deemed completely unnecessary, there should be careful monitoring over length of use, as workers with similar injuries returned to work faster when not on opioids in comparison to those on opioids.

Call a Los Angeles workplace compensation lawyer today

Injuries at work not only lead to emotional distress but also result in facing many hardships and financial struggles. It is a very difficult experience to face for anybody and there are so many hurdles and rules that you need to be aware of during the process. If the trials and tribulations of this are something you are struggling with then a workers compensation attorney in Los Angeles CA is here to help protect your rights. A workers compensation attorney in Los Angeles will help by understanding your needs and the emotional turmoil you are facing making sure you get the best outcome. An experienced workplace compensation attorney in Los Angeles will help you by having all the up to date details of the law at their fingertips and be able to assess your case and give you all the options that you have available to you. Contact the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach for a free case evaluation. Call our offices at 818-600-4714 or complete this contact form.

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