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Demand for More Timely Workers' Compensation Information Soars

Source: Marsh

Posted on 10 Jul 13 by Annie George

More workers’ compensation professionals are turning to social media to stay abreast of the constantly changing and increasingly complex workers’ compensation market. In less than five years, the Work Comp Analysis Group (WCAG) on LinkedIn, founded and managed by Mark Walls, Marsh’s Workers’ Compensation Market Research Leader, has reached the milestone of 20,000 members, Marsh announced today.

Launched in late 2008, the WCAG is the largest online discussion group dedicated exclusively to workers’ compensation issues and is viewed as a leading industry networking and informational resource where members discuss emerging workers’ compensation trends, issues, and regulatory and legal developments. In addition to online discussions, the WCAG has an industry jobs board, a Twitter feed, and a resource center that features more than 40 industry blog feeds and links to the rules and statues for all 50 states.

“My goal when starting the WCAG was to create an online discussion group where risk managers, adjusters, attorneys, regulators and other workers’ compensation professionals could network and share information,” Mr. Walls said. “It grew to just over 2,000 members in the first year, which greatly exceeded my expectations. The fact that we now have 20,000 members is testament to just how complex and ever-changing the workers’ compensation market is and the willingness of members to share their experiences and knowledge with others in the industry.”

Christopher Flatt, Marsh’s Workers’ Compensation Center of Excellence Leader, added: “Marsh’s Workers’ Compensation Center of Excellence is committed to educating clients about relevant workers’ compensation issues so that they can stay ahead of and identify challenges before they become problematic. Social media sites, like Mark’s Work Comp Analysis Group, are just one of the platforms we use to do this. We congratulate Mark and the WCAG on this impressive milestone.”