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 2016 (the latest data available) – a decrease of 0.2% from 2015. Of this total, $30.8 billion was for income benefits, and $31.1 billion was for medical and hospitalization costs. Private carriers paid about $34.4 billion of the total workers’ compensation benefits in 2016. About 138.2 million workers were covered by workers’ compensation in 2016 – an increase of 1.8% from 2015.

 

The map and chart below show 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. (2018 October). Workers’ compensation: benefits, coverage and costs (2016 data). Washington, DC: National Academy of Social Insurance.