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SELECTED INDICATORS IN WORKERS’ COMPENSATION:  A REPORT CARD FOR CALIFORNIANS

Administrative Operations

Division of Workers’ Compensation Opening Documents

Three types of documents open a Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) case. The following chart shows the numbers of Applications for Adjudication of Claim (Applications), Original Compromise and Releases (C&Rs), and Original Stipulations (Stips) received by the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC).

The number of documents filed with the DWC to open a WCAB case on a workers’ compensation claim fluctuated during the early- and mid-1990s, leveled off during the late 1990s, increased slightly between 2000 and 2003, and decreased between 2003 and 2005.  The period from 1991 to 1992 shows growth in all categories of case-opening documents, followed by a year of leveling off between 1992 and 1993. The period from 1993 to 1995 is one of substantial increases in Applications, slight increases in Stips, and significant decreases in C&Rs. Through 2003, C&Rs continued to decline, while Applications increased. Between 2003 and 2005, Applications declined substantially, and C&Rs increased slightly.  2005 was the lowest year since 1992 for all three documents combined, with C&Rs nearing a historic low for the period defined.

Division of Workers’ Compensation Opening Documents

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