The Worker's Compensation division recently updated this website. Please refer to the site update documentation for more information.
Read a brief history of Wisconsin's Worker's Compensation, why it was adopted and an explanation of some of its special funds.
In 2018 Wisconsin's estimated workforce was 3,032,000, and an estimated 2,941,000 were covered by worker's compensation insurance.
In 2018 the number of active worker's compensation policies was 128,452 and the number of linked employers and locations was 279,299.
In 2018 there were 221 entities with a self-insurance order(this number includes government entities).
In 2018 97% of Wisconsin's estimated workforce was covered by a worker's compensation policy. This incredible achievement is due to an ongoing investigative effort by the staff of the WC Division's Bureau of Insurance Programs to bring employers into compliance with the law.
During the two-year period ending June 30, 2019:
In 2015-18 (claims with 36 months of experience), out of 18 reviewed states, Wisconsin ranked 7th lowest in total costs per all paid claims.
From 2015-18, out of 18 reviewed states, about 20 percent of Wisconsin workers lost more than seven days of work as a result of their injury versus 21 percent in the median state.
For 2015-18 claims at average maturity of 36 months, the average indemnity payment per claim with more than seven days of lost time was $11,502 in Wisconsin, 35 percent lower than the median state.
For 2015/18 claims at an average maturity of 36 months, Wisconsin had the lowest percentage of claims with payments to defense attorneys (15 percent versus 33 percent in the median study state)
At $4,253, the average benefit delivery expense per claim with expenses in Wisconsin was lowest among the study states, when looking at claims with more than seven days of lost time from 2015-18.
In 2017 there were 106 work related fatalities in Wisconsin. Source: United States Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.
Information was obtained from the following sources: DWD Worker's Compensation Division; Wisconsin Compensation Rating Bureau; Worker's Compensation Research Institute