Worker's Compensation Basic Facts
Read a brief history of Wisconsin's Worker's Compensation, why it was adopted and an explanation of some of its special funds.
Read the Wisconsin Worker's Compensation Centennial 1911-2011 booklet - The Nation's 1st Constitutional Worker's Compensation Law, a Legacy of Cooperation and Innovation
- In 2017 Wisconsin's estimated workforce was 3,075,000, and an estimated 2,982,750 were covered by worker's compensation insurance.
- In 2017 the number of active worker's compensation policies was 127,178 and the number of linked employers and locations was 273,462.
- In 2017 there were 228 entities with a self-insurance order(this number includes government entities).
In 2017 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.
- In 2016, out of 51 jurisdictions Wisconsin ranked 21st with respect to the maximum temporary total disability rates per week ($936).
- In 2016, out of 51 jurisdictions Wisconsin ranked 19th with respect to the maximum permanent total disability rates per week ($936).
- In 2016, out of 41 jurisdictions Wisconsin ranked 39th with respect to the maximum permanent partial disability rates per week ($322)
- From January 1st, 2011 to the end of 2017 the Wisconsin Worker's Compensation Division averaged 30,991 claims reported per year. On average, 3,112 (or 10%) of these are marked as denials, no lost time or non-compensable.
- From January 1st, 2011 to the end of 2017 the average number of litigated worker's compensation claims is 5,261 per year.
- As of May 7, 2018 there were 740 open, non-litigated permanent total disability claims on the Wisconsin Worker's Compensation database.
- In 2016 there were 105 work related fatalities in Wisconsin. Source: United States Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.
- In 2015 the incurred worker's compensation related indemnity was $233,466,385 and the incurred worker's compensation related medical expenses were $665,575,145. (Note: Data is from insured losses only. The data does not include self-insured losses. Self-insured employers make up approximately 13% to 15% of the total Wisconsin workforce).
Information was obtained from the following sources: DWD Worker's Compensation Division; Wisconsin Compensation Rating Bureau; Worker's Compensation Research Institute, Worker's Compensation Laws as of 2016