Workers’ Compensation Statistics in the United States (2020)
March 6, 2019 |
Personal Injury, workers comp An intro to workers’ compensation
Put simply, workers’ compensation is when an employee receives compensation after suffering from a work-related illness or injury.
The types of benefits employees may receive varies depending on the state in which they work.
Workers’ compensation in Missouri, for instance, requires employers/companies to provide the following benefits: Medical treatment Payment for time off/payment for lost wages Permanent Partial Disability compensation Permanent Total Disability compensation
The following statistics have been compiled by the
Social Security Administration, the Insurance Information Institute, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Note: these statistics are the most recent numbers from the referenced sources at the time of this article being written (March 2020). We continually monitor data and update this post when new workers’ compensation statistics are released. Important workers’ compensation statistics The 10 industries with the most work-related injuries and illnesses: Nonconstruction laborers Semi-truck drivers ( truck accident injuries) Maintenance employees/janitors Nurses assistants General repair workers Retail employees/salespeople Registered nurses Stocking clerks Construction workers Delivery drivers Highest average workers’ compensation payouts by injury
According to the
National Safety Council, these types of injuries have the highest average cost to employers (costs are average costs from 2016-2017): Motor vehicle injuries ($78,000+) Fire and burn injuries ($48,000+) Slip and fall injuries ($46,000+) Highest average workers’ compensation payouts by nature of the injury
The list below details the nature of injuries that had the highest average costs in 2016-2017:
Amputations ($98,000+) Fractures and dislocations ($58,000+) Burn injuries ($48,000) Infections ($38,000+) Disease ($35,000+) Additional workers’ compensation statistics In 2015, American employers paid out $61.9 billion in workers’ compensation benefits That number is nearly split down the middle between medical benefits ($31.1 billion) and wage loss compensation ($30.7 billion) Employers were only responsible to pay around $1.30 out of every $100 paid for workers’ comp (workers’ compensation insurance paid the rest) In 2017, 5,147 employees died due to work-related injuries or illnesses (down slightly from 2016: 5,190 deaths) Fishing and hunting was the industry with the most fatal injuries per 100,000 in 2017 (99.8 per 100,000 employees) Logging workers had the second most work-related fatalities (84.3 per 100,000 employees) The construction industry had the most overall deaths in 2017 (971 deaths) Transportation and warehousing had the second most work-related deaths in 2017 (882) The average total workers’ compensation payout in 2016-2017 was $40,051 139,151 people have died from work-related injuries and illnesses between 1992 and 2016 Nonfatal injuries caused 1.5 million employees to miss at least one day of work in 2016 The highest amount of fatal work-related deaths were employees between the ages of 45-54 (1,145 deaths) and ages 55-64 (1,160 deaths) Foreign-born workers have accounted for an average of 18% of annual work-related deaths Texas had the highest number of work-related fatalities in 2016 (545 deaths) followed by California (376 deaths) and Florida (309 deaths) Looking for a Workers’ Comp Attorney?
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