WCRI released its 2018 CompScope™ Benchmarks, 18th Edition. The studies analyze workers’ compensation claims data over a period of years and examine trends in the average total cost per workers’ compensation claim and the components in a given state. According to the Louisiana CompScope™, since 2012, Louisiana’s total costs per claim grew 4.4 percent per year compared to the 2.9 percent per year median of WCRI’s 18 study states. WCRI notes that for all key claim cost components Louisiana grew at a faster rate than other states. The same factors that WCRI has cited before as “persistent drivers” of costs were true for this edition of the study: “longer duration of temporary disability, lump-sum settlements, hospital outpatient payments, and most benefit delivery expense components – especially payments to defense attorneys.”
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