A formal proceeding about a disputed issue or issues in a workers' compensation claim at the Office of Administrative Hearings or Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals, after which the judge issues a decision that is binding unless appealed.
This figure shows the disputes filed with the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI), by type. The numbers are "developed," meaning they include projection factors to represent what the numbers will be at full claim-maturity. Claim petitions primarily involve disputes about primary liability and monetary benefits (eligibility and amount), but also involve relatively small numbers of medical and rehabilitation disputes. The claim petition data cannot be separated by dispute type. Only the claim petition data is available before 1989. Many disputes occur without the filing of one of the documents counted in this figure and are, therefore, not counted in the figure. These disputes typically come to the attention of DLI Alternative Dispute Resolution through phone contact from the parties and are usually dealt with by mediation and other informal methods.
This figure shows Minnesota's incidence rates, including total cases, lost-workday cases and days-away-from-work cases, by industry division from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. The figures should be viewed with caution, because some of the annual fluctuations, especially in the smaller sectors, may represent sampling variation rather than actual changes in case incidence. For more information about sampling error in the BLS survey, see "Reliability of estimates" at the BLS website.
These figures show the distribution of indemnity claimants by industry and occupation. The industry categorization uses the standard industrial classification (SIC) system and the occupational categories use the 1990 U.S. Census codes.
This figure presents data about denials of indemnity claims by year of injury. The numbers are "developed," meaning they include projection factors to represent what the numbers will be at full claim-maturity. "Initial indemnity claims," in contrast with "paid indemnity claims," include all claims for indemnity benefits, whether paid or not. "Initially denied" means simply a denial occurred, although the claim may eventually have been paid.
This figure shows estimates of the incidence of nonfatal injuries and illness for Minnesota, expressed as cases per 100 full-time-equivalent (FTE) workers from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. Both the private sector and state and local government are included, but not the federal government.
These figures show the distribution of indemnity claimants by cause of injury, nature of injury and part of body. Cause of injury describes the manner in which the injury or illness was produced and identifies the object, bodily motion or exposure that directly produced the injury or illness. Nature of injury identifies the principal characteristic of the injury or illness. Part of body identifies the body part directly affected by the injury or illness.
Figures A and B show the mean and median job-tenures of indemnity claimants. Job tenure is the number of years a worker was employed by the date-of-injury employer, calculated as the duration from date-of-hire to date-of-injury. Figures C and D show the mean job-tenures of indemnity claimants in 2002, by industry and occupation.