WCRI released a new study which found large variation in attorney involvement in workers’ comp claims across its 18 study states. At the low end were Wisconsin and Texas with 13-14 percent prevalence of attorney involvement. At the high end were New Jersey and Illinois, with 49-52 percent. Louisiana’s percent of claims with attorney involvement was 34 percent, slightly higher than the median of 30 percent. WCRI attributes the low attorney involvement rate in Texas to maximum hourly rates for attorneys in comp, limits on lump sum settlements, PPD benefits based on impairment alone, and faster time to the first indemnity payment. The data in this study are based on 2013 claims with more than seven days lost time and experience through March 2016.
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