San Diego, CA – Mitchell recently released new a new research analysis based on examination of workers’ compensation claims through the end of June 2020, noting that the data confirmed many trends it expected to see as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Key findings included:
- Employees representing the healthcare industry sector are the source of the majority of workers’ compensation COVID-19-related claims — about two-thirds of all COVID-19 claims, and more than nine times more than any other group.
- Industries that have become essential during the pandemic, like healthcare, trucking, warehousing, have seen an increase in workers’ compensation claims, while most others have seen a decrease.
- The number of workers’ compensation claims is closely correlated with COVID-19-related openings and closures across the country. Industries affected by stay-at-home orders, such as education and accommodation services, saw a decline in claims. When some areas started relaxing guidelines in June, claims rose again.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Mitchell expects that COVID-19 related and non-COVID related workers’ compensation claims will continue to be closely correlated to state regulations. Claims organizations should expect ebbs and flows in claims frequency throughout the year, and should closely monitor claims data in virus hot spots to guide business decisions as situations change throughout the country.
Read the full analysis: Mitchell Workers’ Comp Data: Healthcare Industry Sector is the Source of the Majority of COVID-19 Claims (PDF)
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