Workers’ Compensation Cases

According to the National Academy of Social Insurance, an estimated $61.9 billion, including benefits under deductible provisions, was paid out under workers’ compensation in 2015 (the latest data available) – a decrease of 1.3% from 2014. Of this total, $30.7 billion was for income benefits, and $31.1 billion was for medical and hospitalization costs. Private carriers paid about $34 billion of the total workers’ compensation benefits in 2015. About 135.6 million workers were covered by workers’ compensation in 2015 – an increase of 2.2% from 2014.

This table shows the trend in the number of compensated or reported cases in each reporting state. Due to the differences in population, industries and coverage of compensation laws, comparisons among states should not be made.

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Source:  Deaths and Cases – State workers’ compensation authorities for calendar or fiscal year. States not listed did not respond to the survey. Compensation paid – McLaren, C.F. & Baldwin, M. L. (2017 October). Workers’ compensation: benefits, coverage and costs (2015 data). Washington, DC: National Academy of Social Insurance.