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.

View 2012-2018 New Mexico workers' compensation claims data through the Tableau interface. Watch the training video that explains how to use the interface, found on our YouTube channel.

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Sample highlights from the 2019 annual report include:

  • First reports of injuries or illness (FROI) continued their downward trend since 2012, reaching their lowest level of 24,298 (3.06 per 100 workers) in 2018. There were 17,698 subsequent reports of injury (SROI) in 2018, or 2.23 per 100 workers.
  • Strain or tear of muscle or tendon continued to be the most common nature of injury reported in 2018 (1,297) followed by fracture (464), contusions (420) and sprain or tear of ligaments (410) for indemnity claims. 
  • In 2018, 2,949 disputed cases were filed and 3,066 disputed cases were closed, resulting in a clearance rate of 104 percent.
  • Under the Early Return-to-Work (RTW) Initiative, 1,717 stakeholders learned about RTW through outreach efforts.

To find out more about agency efforts, read the 2019 Annual Report. This report and reports from prior years are available on the Publications page.