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Workers Compensation Statistics

The workers’ compensation system was created to assist workers who were injured or became ill on the job. If you have experienced or are experiencing a work-related injury or illness you may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. However, before paying out a claim many insurance companies will want to have their own doctors examine and make their own evaluations. These evaluations are often different from that of the employee’s doctor. And many claims are denied.

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Workers Compensation Facts

  • Designed to provide monetary compensation, benefits and medical care for employees suffering from work-related illness and or injury.
  • Provides survivor benefits for dependents of employees whose deaths resulted from work related incidents.
  • Forms of Workers’ Compensation have been in effect since 1908.
  • Pays for 100% of medical costs for injured worker’s medical costs and pays for lost work time after a 3 to 7 day waiting period
  • 94% of employees are covered by workers compensation (140 million workers)
  • Wage benefits are determined by averaging the claimant’s wages for the previous year.
  • Formula: 2/3 X Average Weekly Wage X % of Disability = Weekly Benefit
  • Wages are subject to a dollar maximum varying from state to state

Workplace Injury & Illness Statistics

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics – In 2015, 2.9 million non-fatal workplace injuries (private industry)
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics – In 2015, the top occupations with injuries and illnesses were:
    • Laborers (nonconstruction): 59,010
    • Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer: 49,260
    • Janitors and cleaners: 42,740
    • Nursing assistants: 37,370
    • General maintenance and repair workers: 30,020
    • Police and sheriff's patrol officers: 29,670
    • Retail salespersons: 27,840
    • Registered nurses: 21,420
    • Light truck and delivery service drivers: 24,780
    • Stock clerks and order fillers: 21,420

    • Total, top 10: 343,530
    • Total, all occupations: 902,160

Workers’ Compensation Benefits Statistics

Cash benefits are received by workers who are totally or partially disabled and are unable to work for more than 7 days.

  • In 2013 total wages paid to workers compensation covered workers was $6.5 trillion – ssa.gov
  • ¾ of workers’ compensation cases involve only medical benefits – ssa.gov

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