The frequency with which workers' compensation claims were filed in 2011 decreased somewhat, returning to what has been the norm in the industry for over a decade. While the decline was minute, amounting to only a 1 percent decrease, it is notable when compared to the year prior.
In 2010, the frequency of workers' compensation claims following injuries increased for the first time since 1997. In total, the frequency increased 3 percent in 2010. According to NCCI Holdings, the organization responsible for compiling the statistics, the small decline in 2011 "suggests that the 2010 uptick may have been the result of recession-related factors such as an increase in new hires as the recovery began to take hold and a possible influx of small lost-time claims."
The increase in 2010 was a significant outlier, as NCCI reported that the injury rates fell almost 57 percent between 1990 and 2009. The only other years that saw increases were 1994 and 1997.
As for the past year's decline, NCCI found that it corresponded to many areas, including:
- All industry groups
- All geographic regions
- All employer sizes
- All claim types
In addition, the 1 percent decrease was seen across the board amongst all different types of injuries, from head injuries to foot injuries.
For those who have suffered an on-the-job injury, filing a workers' compensation claim is the first step in ensuring their rights are protected. Discussing the case with an experienced workers' compensation attorney will make certain the injured party receives just compensation.
Source: Insurance Journal, "Workers' Comp Claims Frequency Was Down 1% in 2011: NCCI," July 13, 2012.