The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on workers' compensation claims varied widely by state during the first half of 2020, with figures on damages significantly affected by the severity of the outbreak and whether a coronavirus presumption order or law existed, according to a study released Thursday by Workers Compensation Research Institute.
Cambridge, Massachusetts-based WCRI researchers said there was "enormous variation in how the pandemic affected different industries" due to shutdowns, the economic downturn and the uptake of teleworking.
In its study of the effects of the pandemic on workers 'compensation claims in 27 states, WCRI found that more than 80% of COVID-1
The number of coronavirus claims varied markedly by state in the first half of 2020, with the states of Kansas and South Carolina reporting that less than 1% of their compensation claims were related to coronavirus in the second quarter of 2020, while Massachusetts reported that 42% of its total Compensation claims were related to COVID-19 during
In all states, claims for non-COVID-19 workers decreased during the first half of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. States that reported reductions during the first quarter ranged from a 2% decline in Arkansas to 20% reduction in Connecticut. According to WCRI, most states reported that non-coronary viruses claimed to decline by at least 30% in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019, with Massachusetts reporting a 50% decline in Massachusetts.
By industry, the largest decrease in compensation claims for non-COVID-19 employees came from office and professional employees, who reported a 57% decrease in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the same quarter in 2019, with the smallest decrease – 25% – reported by the construction industry during that time frame.
The health care industry in all but one state also saw declines in non-coronavirus claims in the first half of 2020, with Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania reporting a 30% reduction in non-coronavirus. COVID-19 comp requirements. However, Kansas, Minnesota, and Wisconsin saw declines of less than 5% over the same period, and Delaware reported a 4% increase in non-COVID-19 receivables from healthcare professionals.
The WCRI report included the states of Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina , Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
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