Dollars & Sense

June 24, 2013


The number of metal theft insurance claims for copper, bronze, brass or aluminum, according to a new report released by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). NICB found that 32,568 of those claims, or 96 percent, were for copper theft alone. The report, which reviewed metal theft claims from Jan. 1, 2010, through Dec. 31, 2012, revealed a 36 percent increase in claims when compared with claims reported between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2011.


The percentage increase in opioids between 2002 and 2011 tracked by the California Workers’ Compensation Institute.


The total cost of a workers’ compensation injury claim found when prescriptions for certain opioid painkillers were prescribed, according to a recent study of more than 12,000 workers’ comp claims processed by Lansing, Mich.-based Accident Fund Holdings. According to the study, claims were almost four times as likely to have a total cost of $100,000 or more compared with claims without any prescriptions.


The number of deaths attributed to drowsy driving from 2000 to 2010, according to federal statistics.


The percentage increase in average insurance payment for a motorcycle injury claim after Michigan passed a new law requiring only riders younger than 21 years old wear helmets. The payment was $5,410 in the two years before the new law; now the average payment is $7,257, according to a recent study by the Highway Loss Data Institute.

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