Department of Labor and Industry

2006 Annual Report

Table of Contents

Letter From the Commissioner
 
Summary
 
Section 1: Montana's Workers' Compensation Project
 

Phase 1 3
Phase 2 5


Section 2: 2007 Legislative Summary
 

House Bills 9
Senate Bills 10


Section 3: Montana's Workers' Compensation System  

Declaration of Public Policy 15
Insurance Coverage Requirements 16
Life of a Claim 17
Workers' Compensation System Administration 19
Workers' Compensation Market 21


Section 4: Claims Statistics  

Comparison of Claims by Plan Type 24
Injured Worker Characteristics 25
Insurer Denial of Claims 30
Fatal Occupational Injuries - 2005 31


Section 5: Benefits  

Total Benefits 38
Benefit Report Data 41
Settlement Dollars 49
Attorney Fees 50


Section 6: Dispute Resolution  

Occupational Disease Evaluations 54
Mediation 55
Contested Case Hearings 57
Workers' Compensation Court 58
Significant Workers' Compensation Court Cases 60
Supreme Court Decisions on Workers' Compensation and Occupational Disease 65


Section 7: Department Administered Programs  

Organizational Charts 70
Workers' Compensation Assessments as Expended 71
Subsequent Injury Fund 72
Uninsured Employers' Fund 73
Occupational Safety & Health 75
Independent Contractor Exemption Certificates 77
Professional Employer Organizations 78


Appendices  

Definitions 81
Methodology 87
Data Sources 89
Future Annual Reports 90
Internet Site 90
Special Studies Available 90