Trends in Workers'
Which Jobs Have the Most Workers’ Comp Claims?
- Two most at-risk industries are construction and manufacturing due to workplace accidents, environmental dangers, and heavy equipment
- Ranchers, farmers, and loggers are frequently injured at work. Working with dangerous equipment, animals, and risky environments leads to injuries.
- Medical workers are often hurt at work. Nurses and health aides risk injuring back, knees, and joints from constant working hours on their feet and lifting patients.
- Emergency response officials like police officers, firefighters, and EMTs commonly suffer on-the-job injuries. The nature of the job is dangerous, dealing with fires, crimes, and risky health situations (pandemics, illnesses).
Average Age of Workers’ Compensation Beneficiaries
- In one study, the average workers' compensation filer was 34 years old.
- Additional research found the American aging workforce does not lead to a significant increase in overall compensation claims filing, but older workers more likely to suffer permanent disabilities or death.
How Many Men vs. Women
File for Workers' Comp?
- Women more likely to be injured by and to file for workers compensation because of work-related incidents.
- In one recent year, there were 3,076 filed claims per 100,000 American insured workers
- Compensation differs based on state, context, and injuries.
- In one recent year, the Oregon workers’ compensation system paid out a total of $560,120,000 in medical benefits and indemnity benefits (disability, vocational assistance, death benefits, agreements, and settlements.
- There were 19,572 claims that year, making the average payout roughly $28,618.