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Wisconsin Worker's Compensation Dashboard

This dashboard uses Worker's Compensation data to show trends, rates and counts for reported work-related injuries and deaths. The Worker's Compensation claims presented on this dashboard only include indemnity claims reported by insurance carriers to the Worker's Compensation Division at the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) for workers ages 18 or older. Medical-only claims and claims for minors ages 12-17 are not included in this dashboard.

How to use the dashboard

There are four main views in this dashboard. The views are: overview, industry, occupation, and causes of injury. To navigate among views, click the dark bars. Details for using each view are listed below.


  • Annual distribution of claims
  • Payment status: the percent of claims each year that were paid, denied or deemed not to have lost time
  • Age and sex breakdown of claimants
  • Number of claims (a single worker can have more than one claim)
  • Number of injured workers
  • Number of work-related deaths starting in 2017 (See notes on work-related fatalities.)
  • Payments received by workers for
    • Lost time
    • Permanent partial disability
    • Permanent total disability
    • Other indemnity (any indemnity that doesn't fit in a different payment category)
    • Death benefits (from 2017 on)
    • Different body parts injured
    • Cause of the injury
    • Nature of the injury

How to filter data on the overview page

The filter controls on the overview page are located in the three figures at the top:

  • Annual claim rate (bar graph)
  • Payment status (pie chart)
  • Claims by age and sex (table)

Filters in all three figures can be used one at a time or together. Filters toggle on and off; to clear a filter, click the same selection again to remove it.

To filter by year, click the desired year in the 'Annual claim rate' bar graph. To select all available years, double-click on any year on the 'Annual claim rate' bar graph (for example, double-click 2021 to see only data from 2021).

To filter by payment status, click the piece of the pie chart that represents the payment status you'd like to see. 

To filter by age and sex, click the category you'd like to see (for example, 18-24) in the table. Click the same category again to remove the filter.

Helpful note: if you hover over a data point with a filter available, the tooltip will remind you of the filter options.


There are two views; one called 'Industry: Worker's Compensation indemnity claim counts, rates and trends' and the other called 'Occupation: Worker's Compensation indemnity claim counts, rates and trends'. These contain:

  • Annual claim counts by industry sector or major occupation group
  • Annual claim rates by industry sector or major occupation group
  • Claim rate trends
  • Distribution of claims by detailed industry. Detailed industry groups provide more information on the types of industries within an industry sector.

How to filter data on the "Industry" and "Occupation" views

Hover over a data-point to see more information in the tooltip. Filters can be used one at a time or combined to create more specific views.

  • Use the drop-down menu labelled 'year' to see options. You can filter for all years or select a set of years or single year using the checkboxes.
  • To filter for a single industry or occupation, click on that industry or occupation circle within the “Claim rate and count” bubble graph. The rest of the data on the page will then filter to reflect the selected industry or occupation. To remove the filter, click on the selected industry or occupation circle again.
  • “*” is used on the industry and occupation pages to represent more than one selected industry or occupation. When a filter is used for a single industry or occupation, “*” will be replaced by the name of the selected industry or occupation.


  • All causes of injury by year
  • Cause of injury by industry sector
  • Cause of injury by major occupation

How to filter data on the "Cause of injury" view

Use the drop-down menus at the top of the bar chart to select a combination of filters.

Be advised: not all sectors employ people in all possible occupations, so it is possible to select a combination of sector and major occupation that returns no results.

General data suppression rules employed on this dashboard will suppress any category with fewer than five (5) claims from the visualization. This is done for confidentiality reasons.

FAQ about the data

Industry: coded according to the 2012 the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code. Industry information was obtained from the employer information in the Unemployment Insurance data.

Occupation: presented as standard occupation classification (SOC) codes using the 2010 scheme.

The standard occupation code is obtained by using the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Industry and Occupation Computerized Coding System (NIOCCS).

The claim rate, expressed as indemnity claims per 1000 full-time equivalent positions, is the number of indemnity claims reported by 1000 full-time equivalent estimates.

Claim rate (per 1,000 FTE) = (1000*Number of indemnity claims)/(Full-time equivalent estimates)

The Wisconsin full-time equivalent (FTE) estimates were derived from American Community Survey (ACS) data extracted from Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS). We applied the 30% relative standard error cut-off to exclude any unreliable estimates.

  • COVID-19 claim: We identified COVID‐19 claims by searching for the detailed claim information (DCI) nature of injury code 83 (COVID‐19) or cause of injury code 83 (pandemic). To identify additional COVID‐19 claims that were not captured in the nature of injury or case of injury, we searched free text within the injury description field for the terms: “corona,” “covid,” “ncov,” and “sars‐cov‐2.”
  • Non-COVID-19 claim: Any claim that did not meet any of the criteria above. This includes claims for all other injuries or illnesses excluding COVID-19.
  • Age: Age at the time of the injury
  • Year of injury: the year when the injury occurred.
  • Fatal injury: This determination is made by DWD using a combination of claim determinations and manual review.
  • Claim denied: Any indemnity claim that has been denied and has not received any payment.
  • Claim paid: Any claim that was awarded an indemnity payment category includes death benefits and payment by mistake of facts.
  • Lost work time payment: This indemnity payment includes temporary total disability, temporary partial disability, and state hazardous pay payments.
  • Indemnity payment: These are non-medical payments, such as lost time, permanent total disability, and permanent partial disability.
  • Other indemnity: Any type of Worker's Compensation payment that isn't included in the other payment categories.
  • Detailed claim information is codified by the Worker's Compensation Insurance Organization (WCIO) which provides the codes to classify the body part injured, the cause of injury and the nature of injury. Definitions of the Part of Body, Nature of Injury and Cause of Injury can be found through the WCIO Injury Description tables.
  • Work-related fatalities: included only those fatalities that were (or according to our best estimation were) conceded by the insurance carrier or found to be compensable by an Administrative Law Judge, and therefore determined to be work-related fatalities per Chapter 102. There may be other work-related deaths in Wisconsin, but because the employer did not fall under Chapter 102 (e.g. certain farming operations), the fatality is not reportable and thus not reported to us. We did not show any work-related deaths or death benefits before 2016.
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Last revised March 21, 2024