Workers’ Compensation: Benefits, Coverage, and Costs, 2008

Source: Ishita Sengupta, Virginia Reno, and John F. Burton, Jr., National Academy of Social Insurance, September 2010

From the press release:
Workers’ compensation payments for medical care and cash benefits for U.S. workers injured on the job increased 4.4 percent to $57.6 billion in 2008, according to a study released today (PDF) by the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI). For the first time, medical benefits accounted for over half (50.4 percent) of all benefits paid. An 8.8 percent increase in payments for medical care drove medical spending to $29.1 billion in 2008 (the most recent year with complete data), while wage replacement benefits paid directly to injured workers rose by 0.3 percent to $28.6 billion.

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