Oklahoma Sees Double Digit Decrease in Workers’ Comp Loss Costs

September 9, 2013

An annual filing most insurance carriers will use to develop rates for workers’ compensation insurance shows a dramatic decrease in loss costs, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak announced. The overall loss cost decrease of 14.6 percent takes effect Jan. 1.

The National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. (NCCI) is an advisory organization that studies workplace injuries, collects workers’ compensation data, analyzes industry trends and prepares rate recommendations.

The NCCI credits most of the decrease to the passage of SB 1062, which makes substantial changes to Oklahoma’s workers’ compensation system.

The 14.6 percent projected reductions in loss costs represent the part of a workers’ compensation insurance premium for indemnity and medical payments and associated claim adjustment expenses, not reflecting overhead and profit.

The overall average loss cost impact at an industry group level is as follows:

Industry Group Impact
Manufacturing -16.3%
Contracting -16.2%
Office and Clerical -13.4%
Goods and Services -14.1%
Miscellaneous -12.2%
TOTAL -14.6%

Other key observations from the report include lost-time claim frequency continuing to decline across the state, indemnity average cost per case increasing for latest policy year and loss adjustment expenses declining for a lower average than nationwide.

Source: Oklahoma Insurance Department

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