Repeat workers' compensation claims - who is at risk?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Dr. Alex Collie, Chief Research Officer
Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR)

Many of the factors associated with risk of work-related injury and associated disability are well-known. Analysis of workers' compensation data has contributed to knowledge in this area. Such analysis almost exclusively treats each workers' compensation claim as a discrete event. A different approach would be to examine risk of injury within an individual worker over a defined period of time. This study sought to describe factors associated with repeat workers' compensation claims and to compare the work disability arising in workers with single and multiple claims.