The New Mexico Workers' Compensation Administration'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.
The NMWCA's 2022 Annual Report provides information on workplace injuries, accidents and fatalities for the 2021 year as compared to data from recent years.
Some highlights from the report include:
- The number of both First Reports of Injuries and Illness (FROIs) and Subsequent Reports of Injuries (SROIs) submitted to the WCA continued to decline in 2021, a trend that began in 2019.
- Non-indemnity (medical-only) claims fell from 10,865 in 2020 to 9,881 in 2021. Indemnity claims also fell from 4,263 in 2020 to 3,691 in 2021. Overall, SROIs dropped from 15,128 in 2020 to 13,572 in 2021.
- New Mexico carriers and self-insurers paid a total of $266.45 million for 32,540 claims in 2021, both decreasing compared to 2020.
- Total medical cannabis reimbursements continue to increase.
- The COVID-19 pandemic impact was less in 2021 than in 2020.