Senior Workers Compensation Claims Examiner
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A Workers Compensation Claims Examiner is an experienced claims examiner who works under only general supervision and utilizes his or her training to review, examine, investigate, analyze and resolve workers compensation claims. As set forth in greater detail below, the examiners primary duties are interviewing witnesses and assessing credibility; reviewing factual information to prepare disability and future medical estimates; evaluating and making recommendations regarding coverage of claims; determining liability and total value of a claim; negotiating settlements; and making recommendations regarding litigation.
This position functions with a high level of claim-management and financial autonomy and performs a variety of complex technical duties within the general limitations of State Workers Compensation laws, Yorks best practices, and client service instructions.
1. Reviews, examines, investigates, analyzes and resolves workers compensation claims;.
2. Develops strategic action plans to bring claims to prompt and equitable resolution.
3. Identifies key interested parties and obtains recorded statements as necessary.
a. Assesses witnesses credibility.
b. Analyzes and resolves conflicts in the evidence.
c. Determines claim compensability based on witness statements and other evidence.
4. Establishes appropriate reserve levels based on his/her estimate of financial exposure and updates reserves upon receipt of new information within the even greater financial authority afforded to Senior Workers Compensation Claims Examiners.
5. Accepts or delays claims and makes recommendations to manager regarding claim denials.
6. Accurately determines average weekly wages and workers compensation benefit rates and pays benefits timely.
7. Directs Claims Assistant(s) to issue notices and makes payments in accordance with State mandated requirements.
8. Interacts with injured employees to ensure awareness and understanding of the workers compensation process, requirements and statutory benefits.
9. Coordinates medical treatment for injured employees and interacts with medical providers regarding employees medical history and job requirements.
10. Assesses subrogation potential and pursues reimbursement.
11. Negotiates claim settlements within established limits.
a. Weighs the costs and benefits of going to trial versus entering into a settlement and chooses the most effective option.
b. Presents the settlement recommendations to client(s) if required.
c. Independently resolves liens without defense attorney involvement.
12. Serves as a liaison between medical providers, claimants, legal professionals and clients.
13. Informs clients of injured employees work restrictions and coordinates appropriate accommodations.
14. Reviews medical reports to ensure that the appropriate American Medical Association (AMA) guidelines have been applied when rating permanent impairment.
15. Communicates with defense attorneys and clients on litigated cases and develops strategies for claim resolution.
16. Litigation Management:
a. Decides when to retain counsel.
b. Develops litigation strategy with counsel.
c. Supervises the litigation process.
d. Prepares or reviews legal documents for submission to the Workers Compensation Board.
e. Manages all discovery requests by the defense attorney.
f. Attends and participates in hearings when requested.
17. Audits incoming invoices and/or bills for accuracy and appropriateness.
18. Processes treatment requests in line with applicable state mandated Utilization Review standards.
19. Coordinates with field investigators when conducting compensability, subrogation or subrosa investigations.
20. Prepares claim status reports and presents to clients.
21. Complies with excess insurance reporting requirements and seeks reimbursement where appropriate.
22. Seeks reimbursement from codefendants or subsequent injury funds.
23. Identifies and reports all suspected fraudulent activity to the appropriate authorities and/or state agencies.
24. Complies with Medicare Set Aside obligations.
25. Stays abreast of applicable laws, new trends, pending legislation and case law related to workers compensation.
26. Manages outgoing payments in a timely manner.
27. Maintains the required continuing education hours where applicable.
28. Effectively manages client and other communications and maintains claim notes and status reports timely and accurately.
29. Annotates, categorizes and addresses incoming mail and/or facsimiles on a daily basis.
30. Performs other related duties as required.
BS/BA or Equivalent Work Experience
Professional certification and/or adjusting license as required by the State(s)
- 2 to 5 years of relevant experience