Workers Compensation Claim Experience in Pennsylvania

Workers Compensation Claim Experience in Pennsylvania

June 5, 2019 Business Insurance and Risk Management 0 Comments

According to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute, Pennsylvania was the second highest of 18 states for cost of claims with over seven days lost time. Only Louisiana was higher. Average cost was $54,362 compared to median of $41,888.

Contributing to the higher cost:

  • High litigation expenses.
  • Higher average defense attorney payments.
  • Longer duration temporary disability.
  • Larger lump sum payments.

From 2012 through 2018 total costs increased an average of 3% per year. Since 2015 medical costs have been 20% higher than the median (since 2107 this has dropped to 4% higher than the median).

The full study is at https://www.wcrinet.org.




About the Author

Harry Cylinder

Harry Cylinder, CPCU, ARM has spent nearly fifty years in the insurance industry, the majority of the time as a consultant. He has been employed by The Beacon Group of Companies since 2008, specializing in the review and analysis of property and casualty coverage forms. Mr. Cylinder has been reviewing policy forms as they have evolved over the past decades. In 2008 he published an article in the CPCU Journal which was the first description of cyber insurance coverage for a general insurance audience. Since that time he has regularly written on cyber and other topics for The Beacon Companies’ blog.