Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the TDI-DWC’s recent release of new analysis on COVID-19’s impact on the Texas workers’ compensation system with results as of early November.
Key findings included that as of November 6, 2022, insurance carriers reported nearly 95,000 COVID-19 claims and 465 fatalities to DWC, half of which (50%) and slightly more than half of the fatalities (55%) involve first responders and correctional officers. More than 2/3 of all claims (70%) involved injured employees who tested positive or were diagnosed with COVID-19. Insurance carriers accepted more than half (60%) of COVID-19 positive test claims. During the COVID-19 pandemic, 34% of COVID-19 claims filed had medical or indemnity benefit payments associated with them, and most benefits paid on COVID-19 claims were indemnity benefits.