After declining in the wake of the recession, workers’ compensation benefits paid to injured workers and costs borne by employers increased in 2011 as the U.S. economy continued to recover, according to a new report by the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI).
“Total benefits rose by 3.5 percent to $60.2 billion. The benefits include a 4.5 percent rise in medical care spending to $29.9 billion and a 2.6 percent rise in wage replacement benefits to $30.3 billion. Total costs to employers rose by 7.1 percent to $77.1 billion.”
The following infographic offers a summary or you can download the full report, Workers’ Compensation: Benefits, Coverage, and Costs, 2011 (PDF), which shows changes in coverage, benefits, and employer costs for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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