Department of Labor and Industry

2007 Annual Report

Table of Contents

Cover

Letter From the Commissioner
 
Summary
 
Section 1: Labor-Management Advisory Council on Workers' Compensation

Labor-Management Advisory Council on Workers' Compensation 3

    
Section 2: Montana's Workers' Compensation System  

Declaration of Public Policy 7
Insurance Coverage Requirements 8
Life of a Claim 9
Workers' Compensation System Administration 11
Workers' Compensation Market 13


Section 3: Claims Statistics  

Comparison of Claims by Plan Type 17
Injured Worker Characteristics 18
Insurer Denial Claims 23
Fatal Occupational Injuries - 2006 24

   
Section 4: Benefits  

Total Benefits 31
Benefit Distribution 34
Settlement Dollars 46
Injured Worker Attorney Fees 47
Insurer Legal Expenses 49

 
Section 5: Dispute Resolution  

Occupational Disease Evaluations 53
Mediation 54
Contested Case Hearings 56
Workers' Compensation Court 57
Significant Workers' Compensation Court Cases 59
Supreme Court Decisions on Workers' Compensation and Occupational Disease 70

  
Section 6: Department Administered Programs  

Organizational Charts 77
Workers' Compensation Assessments as Expended 79
Subsequent Injury Fund 80
Uninsured Employers' Fund 81
Occupational Safety & Health 83
Independent Contractor Exemption Certificates 85
Professional Employer Organizations 86


Appendices  

Definitions 91
Methodology 98
Data Sources 100
Future Annual Reports 101
Internet Site 101
Special Studies Available 101