The figures come from the California Workers' Compensation Institute's recently released "Industry Scorecard," showing detailed data on accident year 2000 to 2008 work injury claims experience in the California trucking industry.
While trucking industry workers filed just 1 percent of all California job injury claims, these claims accounted for 1.8 percent of the state's workers' compensation benefit payments because of their high average cost. The Scorecard found that in 2008, the trucking industry was down to just 0.6 percent of California job injury claims and 1.2 percent of the payments, reductions that are likely due to ongoing shifts in the state's job market.
According to the report, average medical and indemnity payments on the trucking industry claims were consistently higher than the all-industry average. For example, the most recent data show first-year payments on accident year 2007 trucking industry lost-time claims averaged $18,587, which is 41 percent more than the average of $13,157 paid on all lost-time claims in California during that period. The Scorecard pointed out that this trend was also seen among older claims.
The California Workers' Compensation Institute said the higher costs could have been due to a different mix of injuries, a considerably older claimant population and a high attorney involvement rate.
For more information on the Scorecard, visit www.cwci.org.