Companies rose to the challenge amidst the pandemic. During 2020, workers’ comp claim frequency dropped 7% when excluding COVID-19-related claims, according to the NCCI. (Photo: Monster Ztudio/

The U.S. workers’ comp system emerged from 2020 “stronger than ever,” according to Bill Donnell, National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), which reported that premiums declined 10% during 2020, while losses from the pandemic were not as dramatic as initially expected. 

Excluding COVID-19, total workers’ comp claim frequency fell 7% during the year, according to the council’s State of the Line report. 

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