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Ecnomic consequences of workplace injuries and illnesses: lost earnings and benefit adequacy.

Authors
Boden-LI; Galizzi-M
Source
Am J Ind Med 1999 Nov; 36(5):487-503
NIOSHTIC No.
20024433
Abstract
Background: This is the first study based on individual data to estimate earnings lost from virtually all reported workplace injuries and illnesses in a state. Methods: We estimated lost earnings from workplace injuries and illnesses occurring in Wisconsin in 1989-90, using workers' compensation data and 6 years of unemployment insurance wage data. We used regression techniques to estimate losses relative to a comparison group. Results: The average present value of losses projected 10 years past the observed period is over $8,000 per injury. Women lose a greater proportion of their preinjury earnings than do men. Replacement of after-tax projected losses averages 64% for men and 50% for women. Conclusions: Overall, workers with compensated injuries and illnesses experienced discounted pre-tax losses projected to total over $530,000,000 (1994 dollars), with about 60% of after-tax losses replaced by workers' compensation. Generally, groups losing over eight weeks' work received workers' compensation benefits covering less than 40% of their losses.
Keywords
Injuries; Demographic-characteristics; Statistical-analysis; Epidemiology; Age-factors; Racial-factors; Sex-factors; Author Keywords: occupational injuries; occupational diseases; workers' compensation; cost of illness; disability; employment; economics
Contact
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, 715 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
19991101
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
lboden@bu.edu
Funding Amount
679889
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2000
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-CCR-112141
Issue of Publication
5
ISSN
0271-3586
Priority Area
Research Tools and Approaches: Social and Economic Consequences
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
MA; FL
Performing Organization
Boston University, School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts
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