Older married women who hurt their backs are the class of workers whose injury claims are most likely to exceed adjusters' cost estimates, a new study finds.

The report from the Cambridge, Mass.-based Workers' Compensation Research Institute, based on data from 1996 through 2000, also found frequency of "adverse surprise" cases increasing in 12 states that were studied. Increases were largest in California and Texas, the WCRI said.

The report said that adverse surprise cases represent a significant share of medical costs in each state. It found that cases with significant or moderate surprises represent about 30 percent to 40 percent of medical costs in most states.

Want to continue reading?
Become a Free PropertyCasualty360 Digital Reader

  • All PropertyCasualty360.com news coverage, best practices, and in-depth analysis.
  • Educational webcasts, resources from industry leaders, and informative newsletters.
  • Other award-winning websites including BenefitsPRO.com and ThinkAdvisor.com.

© 2024 ALM Global, LLC, All Rights Reserved. Request academic re-use from www.copyright.com. All other uses, submit a request to [email protected]. For more information visit Asset & Logo Licensing.