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The Relationship Between Workplace Injuries and Workers' Compensation Claims: The Importance of System Design

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This article finds that the recent decline in workers' compensation claims is largely attributable to the underreporting of, rather than decrease in, workplace injuries and illnesses. The article attributes some of the decline in workers' compensation claims to increased barriers and restricted benefits to injured workers. 

Source: Boden, Leslie I. and Spieler, Emily A., The Relationship Between Workplace Injuries and Workers' Compensation Claims: The Importance of System Design. In: Victor RA, Carrubba LL, eds., Workers' Compensation: Where Have we Come From? Where are we Going? Cambridge Massachusetts: Workers' Compensation Research Institute, 2010. Reproduced with permission.

About the Source: The Workers Compensation Research Institute is an independent, not-for-profit research organization providing high-quality, objective information about public policy issues involving workers' compensation systems. Organized in late 1983, the Institute does not take positions on the issues it researches; rather, it provides information obtained through studies and data collection efforts, which conform to recognized scientific methods. Objectivity is further ensured through rigorous, unbiased peer review procedures.

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