March 19, 2018

WorkCompRecap: Catastrophic Costs…

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of a new edition of CWCI’s “Injury Score Card”, which examines detailed data on California work injury claims for head and spinal injuries without spinal cord involvement. While these claim types represent only a small fraction of all workers’ comp cases, they also represent a disproportionate share of the costs, as they include catastrophic cases that are among the most expensive in the system.

Key findings from the Report Card’s 10.5 year study period included that head and spinal injuries accounted for only 1 out of every 200 (0.5%) California job injury claims, but due to high average cost consumed 1.7% of paid losses. Addtionally, unlike other types of claims, average paid losses payments on head and spinal injury claims never declined following 2004 reforms, with the most recent data showing average paid losses at 12, 24 and 36 months that are 3 to 4 times higher than the average for all California workers’ comp claims.

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