Sears JM, Bowman SM, Adams D, Silverstein BA. Who pays for work-related traumatic injuries? Payer distribution in Washington State by Ethnicity, Injury Severity, and Year (1998-2008). Am J Ind Med; 2013.
Brief overview: Acute work-related trauma is a leading cause of death and disability for U.S. workers but it is difficult to obtain information about injured workers not covered by workers' compensation (WC). In this study, we describe trends in expected payer and linkage to WC claims, compare characteristics of injured workers who did and did not have a linked WC claim, and describe variation in expected payer and linkage to WC claims by ethnicity and injury severity.