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Smarter insurance starts with experts who think a little differently — a company which understands your industry and what’s on the line for you. As one of the largest independent insurance agencies in Pennsylvania, we’ve built our business creating innovative solutions to even the toughest risk management challenges.
We represent and write with many regional and national insurance carriers. Our size and status with companies put us in a position to negotiate the best possible coverage and pricing terms for you. We have the resources, technology and personnel to help you manage risks, control losses and protect your personal and commercial interests and assets.
What People are Saying
“I have very complex insurance needs. I am able to spend most of my time focused on other aspects of my business because of the ease, simplicity and straight communication from everyone at the Teeter Group. I’m so pleased with Barb Hoover, WC Specialist, who is always prompt and responsive to whatever is needed.”LYNN GARDINICARESMART SOLUTIONS, INC. DBA HOME HELPERS
“Teeter came on board and immediately went to work to help us make our Workers Comp. program better. They are very attentive to our needs and are always available to answer questions and give guidance. I highly recommend Teeter as a Workers Comp. resource.”CLARK ADELMAN, V.P. FINANCE & ADMINISTRATIONAMERICAN EAGLE PAPER MILLS
“We were happy to find out about the ChamberChoice Program through the Teeter Group. The program provides dividend checks, based on the claims ratio each year, to companies belonging to their chamber of commerce and having Penn National Insurance as their carrier. The ChamberChoice Program and the Teeter Group have been a great benefit to Electric Motor & Supply, Inc.”SANDRA ILLIGELECTRIC MOTOR AND SUPPLY, INC.
“Thank you for all of your help. You have done a phenomenal job for us! You are the best resource for Workers Comp I have ever encountered. Moving our program to Teeter was the best decision we ever made.”TIMOTHY BROWN, TOWNSHIP MANAGERLOGAN TOWNSHIP, BLAIR COUNTY
“As a school district, we were struggling to keep up with the rising costs of worker’s compensation coverage due to numerous claims, increasing premiums, and a deplorable loss history. In an effort to improve our program, I phoned the Teeter Group and explained our situation. Within a week, Derek Martin was in my office gathering information on the district and pursuing competitive quotes from other carriers. A month later, Derek, April Ressler, and Barb Hoover presented the board of directors with quotes they had obtained as well as Teeter’s overall long term vision for the school district’s insurance package, which included the services and consulting of Barb Hoover, their worker’s compensation specialist. After the presentation, the board voted unanimously to go with Teeter and as an organization, we have never looked back. As Superintendent, I can say without reservation, Forbes Road School District has improved as an organization because Teeter Group joined our team.”MARK LOUCKS, SUPERINTENDENTFORBES ROAD SCHOOL DISTRICT
“We recently changed insurance companies after nearly 16 years. I have to admit we were a little apprehensive about the move, and hoped that we had made the right decision. Shortly afterwards, I was involved in a car accident in which a young woman pulled out in front of me. My car was determined to be totaled. It was the worst possible time for me to be without a car. We placed the call to my insurance agent Derek Martin. He assured me that it would be taken care of promptly. The phone calls started from the other driver’s insurance company. Each call worst than the last. It was beyond stressful to have to endure those calls. Thank Goodness that my follow up calls to Derek were met with patience, and understanding. He was able to alleviate any fears I had concerning being able to replace my car quickly, and bringing to an end this crash case in a timely fashion. From my local agent to those I spoke associated with Auto Owners, I cannot express my appreciation enough. They made a horrible situation become manageable. They were nothing but kind, patient, and professional throughout the process. Any apprehension I had in changing carriers is long gone. Within weeks, I was back on the road with a new car. A big thank you to Auto Owners, the Teeter Group, and especially Agent Derek Martin for making us feel like we were a priority. Having a local insurance agent and company was definitely the right decision for me and family.”SUE GRIEPPERSONAL INSURANCE CUSTOMER
A Proven Process to Lower Your Workers Comp Premium
We are a full service independent insurance agency specializing in Workers Compensation. We have a unique process for helping our clients manage their Workers Compensation program. Our goal is to lower our clients workers compensation premium by preventing claims from happening plus work hand and hand when there is a claim.
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Are you about to hire your next workers' compensation claim? In an effort to get a position filled quickly, you may take shortcuts that could cost you thousands of dollars.
Prospective employees should be required to complete a pre-hire physical. A copy of the intended job description can then be given to the medical provider with the physical requirements of the position. This helps to ensure only those capable of doing the job are hired and keeps other employees safe.
Education and Injury Reporting
Oftentimes employees don’t understand the workers' compensation process and may be afraid to report a claim for fear of losing their job or impacting a daily count of injury-free days that are tied to an incentive program.
Educate employees on the workers' compensation system. During the hiring process, consider explaining how workers' compensation coverage protects your employee when an injury occurs. Your employees should understand that it is their responsibility to report an injury immediately and follow the company’s guidelines for seeking medical attention. Explain your return to work policy and have your employees sign an agreement stating they understand the process.
Your employee may become injured and you might be tempted to rely on someone else to communicate with them. As a result, your employee may be confused by the workers' compensation process and unsure where to turn.
You and your supervisors need to stay in constant communication with your employees. Your insurance broker can provide some coaching and guidance throughout the process. Above all, your employees should feel that you care about their injuries and that you will be involved in helping them recover. Your direct supervisors play a key role in this process and should be trained to effectively communicate with your employees throughout the injury.
Return to Work Program
When your employees become injured, they may need time to recover. As an employer, you may be tempted to rely solely on the workers' compensation insurance company and/or your employee’s medical provider to communicate throughout the process. If you do, the process can become unnecessarily prolonged.
As the employer, let your insurance company and your employee’s medical provider know that you have a return to work program in place. Ask the medical provider to refer to the job description that has been provided for the injured employee. As soon as the employee is medically cleared, offer a light duty position and ask them to report to work. If needed, your employee can continue to receive treatment while they continue to recover.
Payroll Audits and EMR
Statistically, your company’s Experience Modification Rate (EMR) has more than a 70% chance of being incorrect. Your EMR is a number used by insurance companies to gauge any past cost of injuries and future chances of risk. In addition, over 80% of payroll audits are done incorrectly. Both factors impact your workers' compensation coverage.
Trust your insurance advisor and have them assist and advocate during the annual payroll audit conducted by the insurance company. Your agent should also monitor all claims, but especially claims reserved over a $10,000 threshold. Larger claims should have a quarterly report prepared by your insurance agent to let you know the status of the claim. Your agent should work with your insurance company’s claims adjustor to close any claims as quickly as possible.
Medical Provider Communication
Claims can remain open longer than needed due to poor communication between you and your employee’s medical provider. As a result, you may be unaware that your employee is well enough to return to work on a modified basis.
Get to know the doctors that are helping your employee heal. Your insurance broker should foster this relationship by assisting you in the selection of the medical provider prior to a claim. Meet with the medical provider, interview them, tour their facilities, ask them to tour your location, and explain your return to work program. Job descriptions can be provided to the medical provider and an agreement of services can be achieved. Once a claim takes place, a clear line of communication should be established so you are kept aware of your employee’s status.
Sometimes employees are trained to do a job well, but are not trained to do their job safely. Many work-related injuries can be avoided by effective training.
Your insurance broker should be able to organize monthly training classes. Many insurance carriers offer training tools at no charge and your broker can help you utilize these tools to your advantage. For example, topics such as proper lifting techniques can be critical for many job functions. Also, using tools like payroll stuffers can be very effective.
Many employers are concerned about their next OSHA visit. Worried about citations and fines, employers see OSHA as the enemy. Sound familiar?
OSHA's On-site Consultation Program offers free and confidential safety and occupational health advice to small and medium-sized businesses in all states across the country, with priority given to high-hazard worksites. On-site Consultation services are separate from enforcement and do not result in penalties or citations. Consultants from state agencies or universities work with employers to identify workplace hazards, provide advice on compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing injury and illness prevention programs.
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