WCIRB Updates on COVID-19 Workers’ Comp Claims Impact


The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California (WCIRB) has released its COVID-19 in California Workers' Compensation report, which details the characteristics of COVID-19 workers’ compensation claims in California and their impact on the state’s workers’ compensation system.

The full report is available in the Research section of the WCIRB website and at the following link:

Highlights of the report include:

  • Almost 160,000 COVID-19 claims, including denied claims, were reported as of early September 2021, compared with about 600,000 workers’ compensation claims of all types filed in a typical year.
  • Since the rollout of the vaccines in early 2021, the ratio of COVID-19 indemnity claims to all indemnity claims has been relatively low.
  • More than 40 percent of all COVID-19 claims with incurred benefits involve only indemnity benefits. Most, but not all, of these “indemnity only” claims are small and close quickly.

WCIRB Research Forum Webinar

The WCIRB will host a free webinar to discuss the COVID-19 in California Workers' Compensation report. Click on the registration link below to sign up.

COVID-19 in California Workers’ Compensation – October 2021 Update
Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, 10:00 – 10:45 AM PT
Understanding the dynamics of the more than 160,000 COVID-19 workers' compensation claims filed in California and their impact on the system is critical to actuarial, underwriting and claims leaders. This webinar will summarize the characteristics of those claims and how they compare to the more typical workers' compensation claims in the state.

For those unable to attend the live webinar, a recording will be posted in the Research section of the WCIRB website following the event.