Department of Labor and Industry

Administrative Employees

2000 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
How is Montana's Workers' Compensation System Administered 7
Montana Workers' Compensation Market 8
Significant Court Cases From 2000 9


Claims Statistics

Comparison of Claims by Plan Type 13
Injured Worker Characteristics 14
Insurer Denial of Claims 21


Benefits

Total Benefits 25
Benefit Report Data 27
Settlement Dollars 29
Settlement Attorney Fees 30
Rehabilitation 31


Analysis of Wage Replacement Benefits in Montana

Executive Summary 35
Conditions and Limitations 37
Discussion of Results and Exhibits 38


Dispute Resolution

Occupational Disease Panel 47
Mediation 48
Contested Case Hearings 50
Workers' Compensation Court 51


Department Administered Programs

Organizational Charts 55
Regulatory CostRegulatory Cost 56
Subsequent Injury Fund 57
Uninsured Employer's Fund 58
Safety & Health Bureau Activities 61
Independent Contractor Exemptions 62
Professional Employer Organizations 63


Appendices

Definitions 67
Methodology 72
Data Sources 73
Future Annual Reports 74
Internet Site 74
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