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Workers' compensation

Claimant attorney fees, injury-years 1984-2004 [1]

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Appendix

A. Number and percentage of paid indemnity claims with attorney fees

Injury
year
Total paid
indemnity
claims
Number of paid
indemnity claims with
attorney fees
Percentage of paid
indemnity claims with
attorney fees
1984 40,158 4,090 10.2%
1985 39,054 4,337 11.1%
1986 37,575 4,590 12.2%
1987 39,172 5,123 13.1%
1988 42,007 5,814 13.8%
1989 42,465 6,557 15.4%
1990 42,558 7,145 16.8%
1991 42,010 7,208 17.2%
1992 39,423 6,737 17.1%
1993 37,682 5,944 15.8%
1994 37,070 5,677 15.3%
1995 33,984 4,992 14.7%
1996 33,809 5,064 15.0%
1997 33,562 4,848 14.4%
1998 32,751 4,562 13.9%
1999 34,117 4,843 14.2%
2000 34,654 5,146 14.9%
2001 31,732 5,049 15.9%
2002 29,552 4,887 16.5%
2003 27,452 4,827 17.6%
2004 26,537 5,221 19.7%

B. Attorney fees as a percentage of average indemnity benefit among claims with attorney fees

Injury
year
Average
indemnity
benefit [2]
Average
attorney
fee
Average attorney fee
as percentage of indemnity benefit
1984 45,042 3,888 8.6%
1985 46,516 3,884 8.3%
1986 47,618 3,974 8.3%
1987 50,012 4,109 8.2%
1988 48,391 4,166 8.6%
1989 48,893 4,276 8.7%
1990 47,217 4,274 9.1%
1991 45,448 4,372 9.6%
1992 41,711 4,341 10.4%
1993 34,985 3,985 11.4%
1994 35,568 4,017 11.3%
1995 35,526 3,993 11.2%
1996 35,672 4,145 11.6%
1997 36,686 4,228 11.5%
1998 40,647 4,605 11.3%
1999 46,706 5,185 11.1%
2000 52,494 5,632 10.7%
2001 58,046 6,109 10.5%
2002 63,102 6,518 10.3%
2003 63,894 6,700 10.5%
2004 59,940 6,438 10.7%

C. Total attorney fees

Injury
year
Total attorney fees
($millions)
Total attorney fees as percentage of
total indemnity benefits for all claims
1984 $15.9 5.1%
1985 $16.8 5.1%
1986 $18.2 5.3%
1987 $21.1 5.4%
1988 $24.2 5.7%
1989 $28.0 6.1%
1990 $30.5 6.2%
1991 $31.5 6.6%
1992 $29.2 7.0%
1993 $23.7 7.4%
1994 $22.8 7.2%
1995 $19.9 7.1%
1996 $21.0 7.3%
1997 $20.5 6.9%
1998 $21.0 6.7%
1999 $25.1 6.9%
2000 $29.0 7.0%
2001 $30.8 7.2%
2002 $31.9 7.4%
2003 $32.3 7.8%
2004 $33.6 8.5%

1. Data is from the Department of Labor and Industry claims database. Numbers are "developed," meaning they are estimates (based on observed historical rates of claim development) of what the final numbers will be when claims are mature. Details in Appendix.

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