A potential employee’s character can be an indication of how much trouble you encounter if that employee experiences a work-related injury.

“It is helpful to know up-front facts that might give clues as to a person’s character or need to generate income by not-so-honest means,” says Shane Bangerter, an attorney with Rebein Bangerter in Dodge City, Kan.

Before you hire, do the following:

  • Require a pre-employment drug test to find out if the job candidate uses illicit drugs.
  • Use a pre-employment questionnaire to check whether the person has received past injuries or accidents on the job.
  • Find out if the person has had employment terminated in the past due to dishonesty or poor work habits.
  • Obtain a third-party background check to find out if the candidate has a history of litigated claims or lawsuits.