A workers' compensation survey of 3000 injured workers in four states has found six key factors that keep employees from making a speedy return to work, with one of them being distrust of their bosses.

The research by the Workers Compensation Research Institute also discovered that the workers most likely to stay out longest are older, less educated and have suffered back injuries or fractures.

WCRI's study, done in California, Texas, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, also discovered that workers less likely to return to work or who were out of work longer were those who had initially more severe injuries, experienced less effective recoveries and were part-time employees.

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