Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features CWCI’s recent release of its latest Regional Score Card, the sixth in its research series that looks at workers’ comp claims experience in 8 different regions of California. The latest edition focuses on the Central Coast area of the state.
Key findings included that for the score card’s entire 11 year span, Central Coast claims represented 6.7% of all California workers’ comp claims and 6.3% of all claim payments. Shifts in the state’s population and job market in recent years however led to the Central Coast accounting for 7.7% of all California job injury claims in accident year (AY) 2015, with average payments on those claims also showing recent increases. Time lags in the region were significantly lower, and claims durations were also shorter, but CWCI also noted that 2014 data showed 4 of the top 10 drugs prescribed to Central Coast injured workers are opioids.
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