Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features CWCI’s release of a new report that found the number of California workers’ compensation death claims more than doubled last year as the pandemic resulted in 866 COVID death claims.
CWCI noted that pandemic deaths brought total job-related death claims for the year to 1,563, up from 748 in 2019. Key findings included that COVID surpassed transportation incidents as the leading cause of job-related deaths claimed, as the 1,032 COVID death claims reported for the first 18 months of the pandemic represented 53% of all death claims reported in the state for that period. Additionally, since the pandemic began, death claims have been more than 6x as prevalent among COVID claims. For the 18-month period ending in June there were 6.96 death claims per 1,000 COVID claims compared to 1.12 death claims per 1,000 non-COVID claims.