Pros: co-workers are fabulous
Cons: medical/dental deductibles are through the roof from $500 annual to $2, 500. in my position, there is no room for advancement.
For the past two years (out of a total of 15 years) I have worked with the Corporate Medical / HR group which includes three nurses who are very knowledgable in all things medical, since they come from several different medical backgrounds from surgeries to geriatrics. I am learning alot of new medical terms from our daily converstions that are not necessarily related to my Work Comp position, but the information is very valuable to me. I certainly enjoy learning new medical terminology.
With my WC job, I am self motivated and after 15 years, I can handle most job injuries without any guidance from my manager. However, on any given case, I will always contact the WC claims examiners for their assistance with the more serious injuries or if there are unusual circumstances surrounding a particular injury / accident and if it seems questionable in any way.
The hardest part of my job is keeping up with emails and regular mail when bills are sent to my attention instead of to the WC examiners to reveiw.
The best part of my job is helping injured employees get through the sometimes difficult WC process in the most effective way. To accomplish this feat during what might otherwise be an unfortunate situation of being injured while at work.