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Workers' compensation

Incidence of disputes, injury-years 1984-2014 [1][2]

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Appendix

Injury
year
Claim petition
dispute rate [3]
Any
dispute [7]
1984 8.6%        
1985 8.9%        
1986 9.8%        
1987 10.5%        
1988 10.8%        
1989 11.7% 7.7%     17.6%
1990 12.6% 8.2%     19.3%
1991 12.8% 8.3%     19.4%
1992 12.5% 8.0%     18.5%
1993 11.4% 6.9%     16.6%
1994 11.3% 6.6%     15.8%
1995 11.1% 6.4%     15.4%
1996 11.2% 6.7%     15.7%
1997 11.4% 6.5% 0.50% 0.40% 15.5%
1998 11.3% 6.1% 4.8% 4.3% 15.5%
1999 11.3% 6.1% 5.3% 4.8% 15.6%
2000 12.1% 6.9% 5.7% 5.2% 16.7%
2001 12.5% 6.8% 5.8% 5.1% 17.1%
2002 12.6% 7.4% 6.2% 5.4% 17.4%
2003 13.0% 7.1% 6.0% 5.2% 17.7%
2004 13.3% 7.2% 6.5% 5.5% 17.9%
2005 13.3% 6.9% 6.6% 5.8% 17.7%
2006 13.8% 7.2% 7.5% 5.9% 18.9%
2007 14.3% 7.5% 8.3% 6.2% 19.5%
2008 14.8% 8.0% 8.6% 6.6% 20.7%
2009 15.3% 7.9% 8.6% 6.7% 20.7%
2010 14.8% 7.6% 8.1% 6.2% 20.2%
2011 15.6% 7.7% 8.7% 6.0% 21.0%
2012 15.8% 7.3% 7.9% 5.7% 20.5%
2013   7.9% 8.3% 6.2% 21.2%
2014   8.3%      

1. Data is from the Department of Labor and Industry claims database. The 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.

2. Some disputes rates are not shown for the most recent injury years because they are not yet sufficiently stable for those years.

3. Percentage of filed indemnity claims with at least one claim petition. (Filed indemnity claims are claims for indemnity benefits, whether ultimately paid or not.)

4. Percentage of paid wage-loss claims with at least one discontinuance dispute.

5. Percentage of paid indemnity claims with at least one medical dispute certification request or medical request.

6. Percentage of paid indemnity claims with at least one rehabilitation dispute certification request or rehabilitation request.

7. Percentage of filed indemnity claims with at least one dispute of any type.

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