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Workers' compensation

Average amounts of selected types of indemnity benefits, injury-years 1984-2004,
adjusted for wage growth (2004 wage levels) [1]

Description

Appendix

A. Average amount per claim with that specified benefit type

Injury
year
TTD/PTD [2]
Total
indemnity [4]
1984 $7,317 $8,872 $13,859 $50,272 $17,518
1985 7,031 8,932 13,320 49,616 18,236
1986 6,858 9,633 12,332 47,801 18,794
1987 6,945 9,623 11,836 47,046 19,723
1988 6,553 8,828 10,595 44,334 18,911
1989 6,723 8,057 10,515 42,390 19,644
1990 7,181 7,710 9,869 40,259 20,296
1991 6,759 6,418 9,316 38,530 19,066
1992 6,111 5,792 8,098 34,082 16,916
1993 5,076 3,796 8,143 28,605 13,450
1994 5,020 3,814 8,132 28,315 13,060
1995 4,826 3,482 7,901 27,464 12,127
1996 4,843 3,458 7,196 27,310 12,105
1997 4,737 3,517 6,834 26,870 11,809
1998 4,749 3,417 6,502 28,497 11,973
1999 5,153 3,460 6,497 30,854 12,796
2000 5,472 3,557 6,267 31,841 13,576
2001 5,956 3,826 6,435 34,071 14,988
2002 6,135 3,568 6,363 36,816 15,724
2003 6,186 3,544 6,103 35,761 15,824
2004 5,700 3,346 5,577 33,953 14,931

B. Average amount per all paid indemnity claims

Injury
year
Total
indemnity [4]
1984 $6,795 $1,660 $2,420 $5,422 $17,518
1985 6,479 1,833 2,433 5,963 18,236
1986 6,254 2,068 2,453 6,409 18,794
1987 6,314 2,367 2,442 6,758 19,723
1988 5,919 2,371 2,369 6,754 18,911
1989 5,980 2,257 2,494 7,298 19,644
1990 6,301 2,337 2,504 7,559 20,296
1991 5,858 2,051 2,402 7,347 19,066
1992 5,209 1,865 2,090 6,576 16,916
1993 4,318 1,188 1,882 5,193 13,450
1994 4,224 1,171 1,666 5,082 13,060
1995 4,068 1,081 1,621 4,611 12,157
1996 4,075 1,070 1,533 4,684 12,105
1997 3,984 1,083 1,472 4,491 11,809
1998 4,003 1,043 1,440 4,665 11,973
1999 4,358 1,028 1,427 5,090 12,796
2000 4,627 1,063 1,393 5,627 13,576
2001 5,022 1,107 1,464 6,473 14,988
2002 5,180 1,036 1,470 7,217 15,724
2003 5,183 1,029 1,478 7,304 15,824
2004 4,794 956 1,425 7,575 14,931

1. Claims data is from the Department of Labor and Industry claims database. Claims numbers are "developed," meaning they are estimates (based on observed historical rates of claims development) of what the final numbers will be when claims are mature. To standardize the cost of benefits over time, the numbers are adjusted for growth in the statewise average weekly wage (SAWW), from unemployment insurance data. The number for each year is adjusted to 2004, by multiplying it by the ratio of the 2004 SAWW to the SAWW for that year, using the SAWW reflecting wages-paid during the respective year. Details in Appendix.

2. TTD and PTD benefits are not distinguished in the DLI database.

3. Stipulated benefits include both their indemnity and medical components, because the DLI database does not distinguish between them.

4. Because some types of benefits (such as supplementary benefits and death benefits) are not shown separately, total indemnity benefits are greater than the sum of the benefit types shown.

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