Numerous commentators have singled out Oregon’s system as a national model of labor-management cooperation, leading to innovative programs that produce desirable outcomes for workers and affordable costs for employers.

The December 2010 Report on the Oregon Workers’ Compensation System was the 10th in a series that describes Oregon’s workers’ compensation system and shows the effects of legislative changes since 1987. The 10th edition added statutory changes made by the 2009 and 2010 legislative sessions and updated summaries of court decisions and available data.

Updates to most of the data tables are now available, representing the latest available data. Most tables provide data through calendar year 2010, and are arranged by chapter as in the original report. Links to the corresponding chapter of the original report are provided for each chapter of updates. The chapter narrative and charts have not been updated to reflect the new data; that process will continue to be done on a biennial basis. The next complete report is expected to be ready in late 2012.

Safety and Health

Updated Safety and Health chapter statistical tables include:

Accepted disabling claims, employment, and claims rates, 1987-2010
Compensable fatalities, 1987-2010
Occupational injuries and illnesses incidence rates, Oregon private sector, 1987-2009
Oregon OSHA inspections, federal fiscal years 1988-2010
Oregon OSHA citations, violations, and proposed penalties, federal fiscal years 1988-2010
Oregon OSHA consultations, 1988-2010
Safety and health training programs, 1998-2010

September 2011 Safety and Health statistical table updates

Safety and Health chapter of the December 2010 System Report


Updated Compensability chapter statistical tables include:

Total reported claims, FY 1989-2011
Disabling occupational disease claims, FY 1989-2011
Disabling aggravation claims, 1991-2010

September 2011 Compensability statistical table updates

Compensability chapter of the December 2010 System Report

Claims Processing

Updated Claims Processing chapter statistical tables include:

Insurer claim acceptance and denial, median time lag days, 1988-2010
Insurer timeliness of acceptance or denial and of first payments, 1990-2010
Civil penalties issued, 1990-2010
Calls to the workers' compensation information line, 1990-2010

September 2011 Claims Processing statistical table updates

Claims Processing chapter of the December 2010 System Report

Advocates and Advisory Groups

Updated Advocates and Advisory chapter statistical tables include:

Ombudsman for Injured Workers inquiries, 1999-2010
Small Business Ombudsman inquiries, 1991-2010

September 2011 Advocates and Advisory Groups statistical table updates

Advocates and Advisory Groups chapter of the December 2010 System Report

Medical Care and Benefits

Updated Medical Care and Benefits chapter statistical tables include:

Medical payments by provider type, 2010
Medical payments by service category, 2010
Top 15 workers' compensation medical services, 2010
Top 15 pharmacy payments by drug name, 2010
MCO contracts with insurers and self-insured employers, FY 1995-2011
Employees with accepted disabling claims enrolled in MCOs, 1998-2010

September 2011 Medical Care and Benefits statistical table updates

Medical Care and Benefits chapter of the December 2010 System Report

Indemnity Benefits

Updated Indemnity Benefits chapter statistical tables include:

Indemnity and medical benefits paid, CY 1995-2010
Indemnity benefits paid for accepted disabling claims, CY 1995-2010
Indemnity benefits paid for accepted disabling claims by benefit type, CY 1995-2010
Workers' Benefit Fund payments by benefit type, CY 1995-2010
Claim resolutions, 1995-2010
Average temporary disability days paid by type of claim resolution, CY 1995-2010
Treatment and recovery duration indicators, accepted disabling initial claims, CY 1995-2010
Temporary disability for resolved accepted disabling claims, CY 1995-2010
Permanent partial disability, CY 1995-2010
Permanent total disability awards, 1987-2010
Maximum PPD benefits, since July 1986

September 2011 Indemnity Benefits statistical table updates

Indemnity Benefits chapter of the December 2010 System Report

Return-to-Work Assistance

Updated Return-to-Work Assistance chapter statistical tables include:

Employer-at-Injury Program placements approved, CY 1995-2010
Preferred workers, CY 1995-2010
Preferred Worker Program contracts started, CY 1995-2010
Vocational assistance determinations, CY 1995-2010
Vocational assistance eligibility closures, plans, and outcomes, CY 1995-2010
Employment and wage recovery advantage for return-to-work program users, FY 1997-2011

September 2011 Return-to-Work Assistance statistical table updates

Return-to-Work Assistance chapter of the December 2010 System Report


Updated Disputes chapter statistical tables include:

Appellate review requests and orders, 1991-2010
Medical dispute requests and orders, 1990-2010
Medical dispute issues, by year of request, 2006-2010
Vocational dispute requests and resolutions, 1991-2010
Vocational dispute resolutions, by outcome, 2006-2010
Hearing requests, orders, time lags, and appeal rates, 1987-2010
Percentage of hearing orders involving selected issues, 1987-2010
Workers' Compensation Board mediations, 1996-2010
Issues in WCB mediations, 1996-2010
Board review requests, orders, time lags, and appeal rates, 1987-2010
Board own-motion orders, 1987-2010
Court of Appeals requests, decisions, and time lags, 1987-2010
Median time lag (days) from injury to order, 1987-2010
Disputed claim settlements at hearing and board review, 1987-2010
Claim disposition agreements, 1990-2010
Claimant attorney fees and defense legal costs, 1987-2010
Claimant attorney fees, 1987-2010
Claimant attorney fees from lump-sum settlements, 1989-2010
Maximum out-of-compensation attorney fees

September 2011 Disputes statistical table updates

Disputes chapter of the December 2010 System Report

Insurance and Self-Insurance

Updated Insurance and Self-Insurance chapter statistical tables include:

Workers' compensation premiums and rate changes, 1987-2011
Workers' compensation average premium rate ranking, 1986-2010
Earned large-deductible premium credits, 1996-2010
Workers' compensation market share, by insurer type, 1995-2010
SAIF Corporation financial characteristics, 1995-2010
Private insurers' financial characteristics, 1995-2010
WC insurance plan (Assigned Risk Pool) characteristics, 1987-2010

September 2011 Insurance and Self-Insurance statistical table updates

Insurance and Self-Insurance chapter of the December 2010 System Report

Full Report

September 2011, all updated tables

2010 Report on the Oregon Workers' Compensation System, full report

If you have questions about the information contained in this document please contact by e-mail or phone: Rhonda Thompson, research analyst, Research and Analysis Section, Information Management Division, 503-947-7310.

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