Department of Labor and Industry

Fee Schedule Conversion Factors

1999 Annual Report

Table of Contents

Letter from the Commissioner
   
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 5
Montana Workers' Compensation Market 6
Montana Workers' Compensation & Occupational Disease Acts - 1999 Bill Summary 7
Significant Court Cases From 1999 13


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 Panel 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
Safety 52
Independent Contractor Exemptions 54
Professional Employer Organizations 55


Appendices

Definitions 59
Methodology 63
Data Sources 64
Future Annual Reports 65
Internet Site 65