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2016 Healthcare workers’ compensation claims study offers new data and insights

October 04, 2016
Study includes special in-depth review of sprain and strain injuries.

Head of Healthcare and Financial Institutions, Zurich North America Commercial

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The largest expense for any healthcare organization continues to be its workforce. Managing workers’ compensation claims and identifying the risks that contribute to increased claims costs can be a daunting process. Being armed with benchmark data that brings the trends and impacts into focus can help you manage these costs even better.

Zurich’s 2016 Benchmark Study of Healthcare Workers’ Compensation Claims is based on approximately 6,000 annual healthcare workers’ compensation claims, representing more than $30 million in annual claim payments.

Among the many insights in this year’s study:

  • Sprain and strain injuries are the most common among healthcare employees.
  • Slip, trip and fall injuries are the most expensive in terms of treatment and lost time.
  • The average cost per claim increases as employees age.
  • Patient and resident handling accounts for nearly half of total sprain and strain injuries.


claims by accident type

In addition, Zurich found that soft tissue sprains and strains accounted for 45 percent of incurred loss, so we created a special section that focuses specifically on the sprain and strain data. For sprain and strain injuries in the healthcare industry, we found the majority are caused by lifting and pushing/pulling. These two actions caused over half of the total claims and total loss incurred in the healthcare industry claims studied.

Understanding your workers’ compensation claims data — including the data surrounding claims frequency, severity, causes of loss and accident type ― is key to optimizing your overall claims program.


Read the full study here.

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