While 2006 and 2016 had the samenumber of adjusted mega claims, 2016 had fewer lost-time claims intotal than did 2006. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Workers compensation claims have been known toget high from time to time, but 2016 saw an uptick of 10 so-calledmega claims (claims of $10 million or more), which is having alarge impact on the workers compensation industry.

According to a research brief from NCCI, while the 2016level of mega claims is high, it is not unprecedented. The samenumber of adjusted mega claims occurred in accident year (AY) 2006and nearly as many in AY 2007 after inflation-adjusting past AYs totoday's dollars. Also, 70 percent of the claims in 2016 wereattributable to motor vehicle accidents and falls fromelevation. Hospital and home health care account for more than halfof the medical costs.

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