Greetings, the Florida Division of Workers’ Comp just put out a report summarizing the data from the COVID-19 claims through August 31. A link to the full report is below. My colleague We Heim in our Tampa office will be doing a deeper dive in an upcoming article, but here are a few things that leapt out to me from their report:
- There have been 17,653 COVID WC claims filed (31% of all WC claims filed are COVID). July was by far the highest with 6,000. August was only 1,000.
- Only 24 were death claims of the 17,653 claims. (it doesn’t say how many of these were compensable versus denied)
- 7,708 have been denied, roughly 10,000 accepted or not denied yet at least.
- Of the 10,000 accepted claims, 44% are First Responders, 31% are Healthcare workers (75% between the two fields).
- 60% of office workers and service industry workers claims have been denied.
- The top counties for claims mirror the state, Dade, Broward and Palm Beach with 49% of the claims between them.
- 97% of the claims have cost under $5k (so far anyway…)
- Only 43 litigated claims so far anyway.
Here’s a link to the full report:
Morgan Indek | Managing Partner