WCRI FlashReport – Worker Attorney Involvement: A New Measure

By Rebecca (Rui) Yang, Karen Rothkin, Roman Dolinschi

May 18, 2017 Related Topics: Litigation and Dispute Resolution, System Overview

The study helps inform policymakers and stakeholders about whether worker attorney involvement in their state is lower, near the middle, or higher relative to other states. It also helps facilitate discussions about why workers’ compensation systems vary in attorney involvement.

The 18 states included in this study are Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. These states were selected because they are geographically diverse, represent a range of system features, and represent the range of states that are higher, near the middle, and lower on costs per claim.

WCRI FlashReport – Worker Attorney Involvement: A New Measure. Rebecca (Rui) Yang, Karen Rothkin, and Roman Dolinschi. May 2017. FR-17-01.

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Research Questions:

The study addresses the following questions:

  1. How does my state compare with 17 other states on worker attorney involvement in workers’ compensation?
  2. Is the worker attorney involvement in my state lower, near the middle, or higher relative to other states?
  3. What system features might contribute to the lowest and highest attorney involvement among the 18 study states?
  4. How has the worker attorney involvement in my state changed from 2002 to 2013?

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