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Workers' compensation

Number of workers' compensation claims paid, injury-years 1984-2011 [1]

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Appendix

A. Number of paid claims (1,000s)

Injury
year
Indemnity
claims
Medical-only
claims
Total
claims
1984 40.1 103.2 143.4
1985 39.0 102.7 141.8
1986 37.6 101.1 138.6
1987 39.2 103.3 142.4
1988 42.0 109.8 151.8
1989 42.4 113.1 155.6
1990 42.5 113.2 155.8
1991 42.0 111.2 153.2
1992 39.4 112.8 152.2
1993 37.7 117.1 154.7
1994 37.1 125.5 162.6
1995 34.0 129.2 163.2
1996 33.9 131.6 165.5
1997 33.7 135.1 168.8
1998 32.9 134.9 167.7
1999 34.3 134.0 168.2
2000 34.8 133.4 168.2
2001 31.9 122.4 154.3
2002 29.7 109.5 139.2
2003 27.7 101.1 128.8
2004 26.9 98.5 125.4
2005 26.9 98.4 125.3
2006 25.9 96.4 122.3
2007 25.0 93.6 118.6
2008 24.1 88.3 112.5
2009 21.4 74.6 95.9
2010 21.8 75.4 97.3
2011 21.6 72.0 93.6

1. Indemnity claims figures are from the Department of Labor and Industry claims database. These 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. Medical-only and total claims are estimated by applying a ratio from insurance data to the indemnity claims figure. Details in Appendix.

B. Number of paid indemnity claims [2]

Injury
year
TTD/PTD [3]
TPD
PPD
Stipulated [4]
Total
indemnity [5]
1984 37,270 7,517 7,010 4,344 40,144
1985 35,962 8,011 7,134 4,686 39,035
1986 34,240 8,069 7,481 5,032 37,563
1987 35,585 9,628 8,087 5,618 39,158
1988 37,905 11,288 9,394 6,395 41,988
1989 37,734 11,900 10,075 7,277 42,441
1990 37,315 12,899 10,805 7,958 42,548
1991 36,374 13,434 10,840 7,971 41,999
1992 33,577 12,705 10,184 7,584 39,420
1993 32,016 11,804 8,712 6,818 37,669
1994 31,161 11,391 7,592 6,623 37,075
1995 28,616 10,561 6,973 5,704 34,011
1996 28,403 10,475 7,201 5,856 33,875
1997 28,205 10,348 7,249 5,748 33,666
1998 27,573 10,001 7,254 5,507 32,863
1999 28,810 10,157 7,479 5,886 34,265
2000 29,253 10,379 7,704 6,440 34,838
2001 26,683 9,196 7,196 6,142 31,870
2002 24,951 8,580 6,807 5,900 29,728
2003 22,984 7,955 6,512 5,698 27,683
2004 22,391 7,641 6,349 5,726 26,829
2005 22,452 7,718 6,413 5,660 26,893
2006 21,338 7,429 6,214  5,829 25,888
2007 20,587 6,997 5,912 5,862 24,979
2008 19,778 6,993 5,908 5,781 24,099

2. 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. Details in Appendix.

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

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

5. An indemnity claim may have more than one type of benefit paid. Therefore, the sum of the figures for the different benefit types is greater than the total (or 100 percent).

Source:  Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

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