There is no I in team, we all have heard. Nor is there one in workers’ comp success or in return to work. Taming the workers’ compensation beast and wrestling costs to the ground is a team effort. For risk managers, that team often consists of claim adjusters, rehab vendors, private investigators, skilled workers’ compensation defense attorneys, and independent medical examination physicians.

Often overlooked, though, is the role that occupational medicine specialists can play in workers’ compensation claim management. They should be part of the team! But these specialists examine patients; what could they do with workers’ compensation claim files? Plenty.

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