Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) News

WCRI Researchers Compare States on Injured Workers Returning to Work

From 10 to 18 percent of injured workers never reach “substantial return to work,” according to new research by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) comparing outcomes for injured workers in six states. In its study, Comparing Outcomes for Injured Workers, …

Workers’ Compensation Income Benefits Fall Short for Injured Workers: WCRI

Adequacy of income benefits is one of the long-standing concerns about the performance of workers’ compensation systems. However, there is little known about whether income benefits (also called wage-loss or indemnity benefits) provide adequate financial support for injured workers. According …

Injured Worker Attorney Involvement Varies Widely by State

There is a wide variation in the percentage of claims with worker attorneys involvement across state workers’ compensation systems, according to the latest research from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). According to the study of 18 states, the percentage …

Indiana Injured Worker Benefits Rise, but Per Claim Cost Still Low

Income benefits paid to Indiana’s injured workers through workers’ compensation claims rose nearly 5 percent between 2014 and 2015, a Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) study found. “The recent increase in Indiana’s indemnity benefits per claim may partly reflect the …

Cost of Workers’ Comp Claim Down in Illinois but Still High: WCRI

The average total cost of a workers’ compensation claim in Illinois has dropped by 6.4 percent since 2010, but the state still has relatively high costs per claim, according to a report by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The …

Why Workers’ Compensation Is Especially Needed Now: Report from WCRI Conference

After decades of managing costs for employers, it’s time for workers’ compensation professionals and public policymakers to turn their attention to the needs of injured workers and think of themselves more as players in a broader safety net, workers’ compensation …

Medical Payments per Workers’ Comp Claim Flatten in Indiana

Medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in Indiana changed little from 2013 to 2014, a sharp contrast to the increases of the prior nine years, according to a new study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). Before the recent …

Hospital Surgery Rates for Workers’ Compensation Vary Widely

Hospital rates for outpatient surgery paid by workers’ compensation vary significantly across states with states with fixed fee schedules having lower surgery costs for injured workers. Workers compensation costs for injured worker surgery also vary a great deal from Medicare …

WCRI Study Finds ‘Noticeable’ Drop in Opioid Prescriptions in Workers’ Compensation Cases

A new study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) found “noticeable decreases” in the amount of opioids prescribed per workers’ compensation claim in a majority of 25 states studied. The WCRI study, Interstate Variations in Use of Opioids, 3rd …

How State Policies Affect Low Back Pain Costs

Public policies on the treatment and benefits for injured workers explain some of the state-level variation in costs and outcomes of claims for low back pain, according to a new medical study. The study in the December Journal of Occupational …