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When work injuries result in long-term problems

Work injuries can take a long time to heal. Workers compensation benefits are designed to help an injured employee receive the necessary medical care and rehabilitation while that happens.

Sometimes, however, chronic conditions can lead to long-term problems. Indeed, workplace injuries can be so bad in some cases that they become disabling. When that happens, Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) may come into play besides workers' compensation.

For people facing long-term issues, a hopeful new program called Maze-Masters is attracting attention. It is called Maze-Masters because people involved for long periods of time in the health care, disability or workers' comp systems can feel like they've entered a maze. If this happened to you, you'll recognize the feeling - where it seems like you'll never get out and aren't sure which way to turn.

The Maze-Masters program seeks to confront that feeling and overcome it. It doesn't claim to offer miracle cures. But for those who make it through an extensive screening process, it provides hope and a chance to transform their lives.

The program is offered through Webility Corporation and is not explicitly medical. In fact, its format is more along the lines of self-help. Participants are supplied with various resources, such as books, DVDs and websites, and given assignments designed to address their specific challenges. The program aims at both positive life changes and a reduction in workers' compensation claims costs within a year.

Recently, the first three injured workers to meet the referral criteria graduated from the program. One graduate, Frank, overcame severe back pain and was able to work again, despite his doctor's doubts. Patty, another graduate, also overcame a back injury after discovering that narcotic painkillers were actually hindering her recovery.

Source: "Program teaches long-term claimants to transform their lives despite the pain," Risk & Insurance, 11-26-12

Our firm handles situations similar to those discussed in this post. To learn more about our practice, please visit our Maryland workers' compensation page.

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