Workers’ Compensation Cases

According to the National Academy of Social Insurance, an estimated $62.0 billion, including benefits under deductible provisions, was paid out under workers’ compensation in 2017– a decrease of 0.15% from 2016. Of this total, $30.8 billion was for income benefits, and $31.2 billion was for medical and hospitalization costs. Private carriers paid about $34.4 billion of the total workers’ compensation benefits in 2017, while self-insured employers paid $15.3 billion, state funds paid $8.8 billion, and the federal government paid $3.5 billion. Total employer workers’ compensation costs were $97.4 billion in 2017. Employer costs include: premiums and deductibles paid to private insurers and state funds; benefits and administrative costs paid by self-insured employers; and assessments paid to special funds. About 140.4 million workers were covered by workers’ compensation in 2017 – an increase of 1.4% from 2016.

A survey of state workers’ compensation authorities was conducted by the National Safety Council that requested data on workers’ compensation cases by year for the period 2016-2018. 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 – Weiss, E., Murphy, G, & Boden, L.I. (2019 October). Workers’ compensation: benefits, costs, and coverage (2017 data). Washington, DC: National Academy of Social Insurance.