Loss-of-earnings benefit payments
Over the past five years, loss-of-earnings benefits were the highest percentage of benefit payments. Loss-of-earnings benefits are wage-loss benefits paid to people with allowed claims who have missed time from work on or after January 1, 1998 because of a work-related injury or illness. The number of claims where people have missed time from work and received loss-of-earnings benefits increased from 2017 to 2018. A reason for the increase is that the number of claims that have not been locked-in also went up.
A claim is considered locked-in if a lock-in payment is made at any point during the year benefits are being paid out. This only applies to claims reviewed under the Bill 99 legislation.
After adjusting for inflation, the loss-of-earnings benefits paid for a single day off work has gone up slightly over the last four years.