Loss of Earnings Benefit Payments
Over the past five years, loss of earnings accounted for the greatest percentage of benefit payments made to injured workers. Loss of earnings benefits are wage loss benefits for time lost from work due to a work-related injury or illness occurring on or after January 1, 1998. The number of allowed lost time claims receiving loss of earnings benefits has been steadily decreasing since 2012. Overall factors that are contributing to this trend include fewer new lost time claims, improved claims management, and shorter claims durations – a reflection of more workers recovering, returning to work, and mitigating their wage loss.
After adjusting for inflation, the loss of earnings paid for a single day off work for an injured worker has remained relatively stable over the last five years.
Locked-in claims continue to increase as a percentage of all claims receiving a loss of earnings benefit. This is largely due to fewer non-locked-in claims in an overall shrinking claim pool. As a result, locked-in claims represent a larger portion of the total. However, year-over-year growth in the number of locked-in claims has been slowing for several years and decreased slightly in 2016.
A claim is considered locked-in if a lock-in payment occurred at any point within the benefit payment year. The claim population includes Bill 99 legislation only.