OBJECTIVE: Determine the industries with the highest proportion of accepted COVID-19 related workers' compensation (WC) claims .
METHODS: Study included 21,336 WC claims (1,898 COVID-19 and 19,438 other claims) that were filed between Jan 1, 2020 and August 31, 2020 from 11 states in the Midwest U.S . RESULT: The overwhelming proportion of all COVID-19 related WC claims submitted and accepted were from healthcare workers (83.77 %). Healthcare was the only industrial classification that was at significantly higher COVID-19 WC claim submission risk (OR : 4.00; 95% CI : 2.77-5.79) controlling for type of employment, gender, age, and presumption of COVID-19 work-relatedness . Within healthcare employment, WC claims submitted by workers in medical laboratories had the highest risk (crude rate ratio of 8.78).
CONCLUSION: Healthcare employment is associated with an increased risk of developing COVID-19 infections and submitting a workers' compensation claim.