The U.S. Gov­ern­ment Account­ability Office in 2009 said that more than a third of health prac­ti­tioners sur­veyed were asked by com­pany man­agers to pro­vide treat­ment that wouldn’t nec­es­sarily require a formal injury or ill­ness report. The gov­ern­ment doesn’t require that a minor injury, such as a burn treated with a ban­dage, be recorded but does require recording for, say, a burn treated with pre­scrip­tion cream.

Though workers’ com­pen­sa­tion costs have fallen, legal dis­putes can be expensive.

Workers’ comp pro­grams are intended to avert costly legal bat­tles over acci­dents, says Emily Spieler, a law pro­fessor at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and former head of the West Vir­ginia workers’ comp program.

Instead, she says, “it’s become incred­ibly con­tentious, to nobody’s benefit.”

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