Research

The NMWCA's Economic Research and Policy Bureau (ERPB) collects workers' compensation data and provides statistical and economic research for the public, the New Mexico Legislature, the Advisory Council on Workers' Compensation and Occupational Disease Disablement, and the WCA. To better inform the public and interested parties, the bureau publishes an annual report that provides a snapshot of the agency's key duties.

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Sample highlights from the 2018 annual report include:

  • New indemnity claims decreased by 7.4 percent from 0.54 claims per 100 workers in 2016 to the lowest on record at 0.50 claims per 100 workers in 2017.
  • Strains and sprains or tears continued to be the most common nature of injury reported for indemnity claims. 
  • The average expenditure per indemnity claim in 2017 totaled $15,771; the average expenditure per non-indemnity claim totaled $1,200. These compare to $15,189 and $1,174 in 2016, respectively.
  • In 2017, 3,2017 disputes were resolved in total, yet only 2.3 percent were disposed through formal trial.
  • The Clerk of the Court launched a new electronic filing system, and continued to refine the case management system introduced in 2016.

To find out more about agency efforts, read the 2018 Annual Report. This report and reports from prior years are available on the Publications page.