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

The numbers of Findings and Awards (F&As) have shown an overall decline of 29.2 percent from 1990 to 2005.

Findings and Orders (F&Os) increased during the first part of the decade, declined to the original level in 2002, decreased slightly from 2002 to 2003, and increased again between 2003 and 2005.

Stips were issued consistently throughout the decade.  The numbers of Stips issued rose from 1990 to 1991, declined from 1991 to 1992, leveled off from 1992 to 1994, rose again in 1995 and 1996, remained stable through 2000, increased slightly in 2001 and 2002, decreased in 2003, and increased between 2003 and 2005.

The use of C&Rs decreased by half during the 1990s and into the millennium. C&Rs declined steadily from 1993 through 2000, increased in 2001, remained stable in 2002 and 2003, and increased by 26.2 percent between 2003 and 2005.

Mix of DWC Decisions

As shown on the charts on the previous page and this page, again, the vast majority of the case-closing decisions rendered during the 1990s were in the form of a Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) judge’s approval of Stips and C&Rs which were originally formulated by the case parties.  

During the period from 1993 through the beginning of 2000 and beyond, the proportion of Stips rose, while the proportion of C&Rs declined.  This reflects the large decrease in the issuance of C&Rs through the 1990s.

Only a small percentage of case-closing decisions evolved from an F&A or F&O issued by a WCAB judge after a hearing.

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