Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the TDI Workers’ Compensation Research and Evaluation Group’s (REG) release of a new report that examined multiple injury claims in the Texas workers’ comp system, including looking at reinjury rates and the associated demographics and injury characteristics, and comparing single vs multiple injury employees to evaluate risk factors.
Key findings from the report included that about 40% of new claims in each year were claims by individuals who had at least one previous injury and claim. Among the new claims without a past injury, about 30% would have a second injury in 10 years. The reinjury rate was significantly higher for those in public administration and health care industries, and was also notably higher among medical-only claims, and those with shoulder injury. The REG noted that multiple injuries are quite common and costly, and that further research should assess whether and how repeated injuries could be reduced, and how certain factors affect reinjury.
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