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 – 2022 Update. This report details the characteristics of COVID-19 workers’ compensation claims in California and their impact on the state’s workers’ comp system.

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

Highlights of the report include:

  • As the economy has reopened – and following the Omicron surge – COVID-19 claims continue to be a modest share of all indemnity claims.
  • Over one-half of all reported COVID-19 indemnity claims continue to arise from workers in the healthcare sector. ​
  • Accident Year 2021 COVID-19 claims are emerging as less severe than those from Accident Year 2020. This is partially due to a higher share of claims with incurred indemnity but no incurred medical loss.

WCIRB Research Forum Webinar

The WCIRB will host a free webinar to discuss the COVID-19 in California Workers' Compensation – 2022 Update. Click on the registration link below to sign up.

COVID-19 in California Workers’ Compensation – October 2022 Update
Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 10:00 AM PT
Understanding the dynamics of COVID-19 workers' compensation claims and their impact on the California system is critical to actuarial, underwriting and claims leaders. This webinar will update the characteristics of those claims and how they compare to the non-COVID-19 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.