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COVID-19 workers compensation claims increased in 17 states in the fourth quarter, with the Midwest region showing a 20% uptick in claim volume, according to data presented by third-party administrator CorVel Corp. during a webinar Thursday.
The TPA also said that since the beginning of the pandemic 62% of coronavirus-related comp claims have been closed.
The primary industries that produce the most comp claims include public service such as police and fire, accounting for 39% of claims. Health care workers represented 33% of claims. Retail workers came in at 16%, with an uptick likely related to holiday shopping, said Michele Tucker, Sacramento, California-based vice president of enterprise operations at CorVel.
The data also showed that 70% of claims came from workers between 37 and 56 years old. The average claim cost is $2,366, with fewer than 1% of claims costing more than $75,000, according to the figures.
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