The cost for each workers’ compensation claim in Massachusetts fell six percent in 2010. Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) states this is the largest decrease among the sixteen states that it reviewed in its study.
The decrease in total costs per claim reflects the state’s recovery from the Great Recession costs of 2009. Previously, total costs per workers’ compensation claim rose ten percent per year during the recession period of 2007 to 2009.
The WCRI study analyzed claims involving workplace injuries that cause an employee to miss more than seven days of work. The study found that because the rise in unemployment was less severe in Massachusetts than that of the United States, injured workers may have had more opportunities to return to work with their employers or find new jobs in states with higher unemployment rates.
The sixteen states analyzed are California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin, and they represent approximately sixty percent of the nation’s workers’ compensation benefits in the country.
Pulgini & Norton, LLP attorneys have handled workers’ compensation claims for over 25 years in and around Boston and its surrounding areas. If you or a family member has been injured at work and would like to seek legal assistance, please contact us at (781) 843-2200 or (888) 344-2046 or email us.
Mass. Workers’ Comp Claim Costs Fell In 2010, Worcester Business Journal Online, October 30, 2012