The Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation reported on Friday a significant reduction in COVID-19 claims in March and April.
DWC’s latest report on COVID-19 claims shows that 104 were submitted in March and 118 were submitted in April. This follows 593 claims filed in February and 5,955 filed in January.
Claims filed in March and April add up to the total number of covid-19 claims filed in Florida since 2020 to 72,152. Employers in Florida have paid $ 193.8 million in benefits for these claims.
The division’s report shows that the $ 115.2 million in benefits paid by self-insuring state employers account for just over 59% of all benefits paid on COVID-19 claims. With 31,932 claims, self-insured employers accounted for just over 44% of all claims.
The $ 66.9 million in benefits paid by private employers, which accounted for 48% of claims with 34,686, accounted for 34% of benefit payments. Private self-insured employers had 5,534 claims with total benefit payments of $ 11.9 million.
The DWC report also shows that about half of covid-19 claims are accepted. Employers denied a total or partial 35,781 claims.
Only a single claim for damages for covid-19 was filed this year. The death claim in January meant that the total number of death claims according to COVID-19 amounted to 112.
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