Private self-employed in California paid 25% more in claims and led to more workers 'compensation losses by 2020 despite the pandemic-related recession, according to a report released Wednesday by the California Workers' Compensation Institute.
State Private Self-Insured Employers – covering about 2.3 million workers – saw a slight increase in total workers' claims, with 86,503 reported in 2020 compared to 85,852 in 2019, CWCI said, based on data compiled by California Office of Self-Insurance Plans.
While only medical compensation claims filed by workers from private self-insured decreased by 15% to 43,779 in 2020 compared to 2019, claims for damages to 42,724 in 2020 from 34,307 in 201
Paid losses of private self-insured in 2020 amounted to $ 268.4 million, a jump of $ 15.6 million from the same figure in 2019, with temporary disability payments accounting for about 22% of payments. For paid benefits plus reserves for future payments, private self-insurance paid out $ 742.4 million by 2020, an increase of $ 48 million from 2019.