Department of Labor and Industry

2001 Annual Report

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Montana's Workers' Compensation System

Declaration of Public Policy 3
Insurance - Who's Covered, Who's Not 4
Life of a Claim 5
How is Montana's Workers' Compensation System Administered 7
Montana Workers' Compensation Market 9
Significant Court Cases From 2001 10


Claims Statistics

Comparison of Claims by Plan Type 17
Injured Worker Characteristics 18
Insurer Denial of Claims 25


Benefits

Total Benefits 29
Benefit Report Data on Closed Claims 31
Settlement Dollars 33
Settlement Attorney Fees 34
Rehabilitation 35


Dispute Resolution

Occupational Disease Evaluations 39
Mediation 40
Contested Case Hearings 42
Workers' Compensation Court 43


Department Administered Programs

Organizational Chart 47
Regulatory Costs 48
Subsequent Injury Fund 49
Uninsured Employers Fund 50
Occupational Safety & Health 52
Safety and Health Bureau Activities 53
Independent Contractor Exemptions 54
Professional Employer Organizations 56


Appendices

Definitions 61
Methodology 66
Data Sources 67
Future Annual Reports 68
Internet Site 68
Special Studies Available 68