It is surprising that there was only an overall 26.4% drop in non-COVID-19 claims with so many employers having limited employees or closed the physical place of employment. So far, it has been reported that 19% of 2020 workers' compensation claims were COVID related, though that number is anticipated to jump up. What will be most interesting will be seeing the true cost of COVID on accepted or industrially related claims. How many of these claims have been pled, but don't actually meet the threshold of compensability?
“The presence of the COVID claims really wiped out much of that difference” between the drop in overall non-COVID-19 claims and the rise in disease claims, he said. In 2020, 19% of claims filed in the state were for COVID-19, according to the data.