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New York State Worker’s Compensation Statistics

Steven Schwartzapfel -Founding Partner Feb 10, 2016

For more than 35 years, Steven Schwartzapfel, the founding member of Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C., has been one of New York’s most prominent personal injury attorneys. Steve represents clients in all types of personal injury cases. His experience, skill, and dedication have enabled Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. to recover hundreds of millions of dollars for their clients.

  • Workers’ Compensation statistical data available in 2014 revealed a continuing downward trend in overall claim frequency and an increasing trend in claim costs. The decrease in historical New York medical claim frequency is consistent with observed decreases in claim frequencies across the country. Indemnity claim frequency remained flat, as it has been over the last several years.
  • The most frequent causes of injuries resulting in Workers’ Compensation claims in New York in 2012 (the last year for which data is available) were lifting (8.3 percent of claims), slips, trips and falls (7.9 percent) and unclassified specific injuries (7.7 percent).
  • The nature of injuries most frequently resulting in Workers’ Compensation claims in 2012 were muscle strains (20.3 percent of claims), sprains (19.6 percent), contusions (13.3 percent), and lacerations (12.9 percent).
  • Workers’ Compensation injury claims in 2012 were most frequently related to injuries to the lower back (14.2 percent), fingers (9.4 percent), knees (8.6 percent), and hands (6.5 percent).


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