The problem of long-duration claims: What is driving increases in duration and locked-in claims?

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Sheilah Hogg-Johnson
Senior Scientist & Biostatistician
Institute for Work & Health

Over the last decade in Ontario, the number of total days per lost-time claim compensated by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) has increased dramatically, as has the rate of claims remaining active and open. In other words, there has been an increase in claim duration. The trend is in contrast to a declining claim rate experienced over much of the 1990s.

Why has there been this increase in the persistence of lost-time claims? Is it due to WSIB policy changes in January 1998 under Bill 99? Could changes in worker demographics, injury characteristics or workplace characteristics account for the increase? IWH Senior Scientist Dr. Sheilah Hogg-Johnson is conducting research to find out. In this presentation, she will discuss this research and what she has found so far.

About presenter

Photo of Sheilah Hogg-Johnson

Dr. Sheilah Hogg-Johnson is a senior scientist and biostatistician at the Institute for Work & Health. She is also an associate professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and a professor at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.

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The IWH Speaker Series brings you the latest findings from work and health researchers from the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) and other Canadian and international academic institutions around the world. For those unable to attend in person or via live stream, most presentations in the IWH Speaker Series are audio-recorded and made available as slidecasts, typically within two weeks of the original presentation.