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Number, frequency of comp claims down, but cost per claim up in Minn.


The number of workers compensation claims in Minnesota fell slightly from 2010 to 2011, but the state saw a small uptick in the cost per claim during that time, according to a Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry analysis.

The frequency of comp claims fell to 4.6 claims per 100 full-time equivalent employees in 2011, down from 4.9 in 2010 and 8.7 in 1997, the state agency said Thursday in its annual workers comp system report.

Total workers comp system costs reached $1.28 per $100 of payroll in 2011, up from $1.24 in 2010 but down from $1.61 per $100 of payroll in 1997.

Rising medical expenses contributed largely to the recent increase in comp system costs, the state report showed.

About 22% of Minnesota comp claims were disputed in 2011 compared with 21% in 2010 and 15.5% of claims in 1997, the state Labor Department said. The vast majority of disputes were related to workers comp medical payments.