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There Is No Such Thing As Small Claim – Part II – Math


A Small Claim Can Be Very Expensive Per Unit

Please see my post from September 27th on a small claim. This is part two of that post.

In the 9/27/08 post, I pointed out that the first $5,000 of the Total Incurred of a Workers Comp claim can cost up to 500% more than the reserves beyond $5,000.

Graphic of Math book and eye glass Small Claim Can Be Very Expensive Per Unit

The math goes something like this – it may be good to have your company’s Experience Modification Worksheet from the NCCI or your state’s Rating Bureau sheet with you to look at for comparison. I will refer to the NCCI sheet. In the next post, I will cover where to find this info on a few of the State Rating Bureau sheets.

I am reviewing one of our clients’ E-Mod sheets from an NCCI state. The page I am looking at is the one at the very end of the last page with some variables (A) through (I) on it along with the E-Mod. There is a variable on the left side under (A). That number represents a sort of discount factor. In the one I am examining, the factor is .79.

In the calculations to set your E-Mod, the (A) variable is subtracted from 1.0. In this example 1- (A) = 1 -.79 = .21. This is the factor for any Total Incurred above $5,000.

Let’s look at how that affects your E-Mod:

  • The first $5,000 or the Primary Loss is not discounted or it is equal to 1.o,
  • Any part of the loss after $5,000 would be charged to the E-Mod at .21 or 21% of the first $5,000
Picture Woman Counting Small Claim Money

Looking at this a little further, this means that the first $5,000 of any loss will cost as much as the next $23,800.

What does this mean to you? There is no such thing as a small claim(c). See my next post on how to even the playing field in light of this revelation.

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James J Moore - Workers Comp Expert

Raleigh, NC, United States

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James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Management Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

LexisNexis has twice recognized his blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs on Workers’ Compensation. J&L has been listed in AM Best’s Preferred Providers Directory for Insurance Experts – Workers Compensation for over eight years. He recently won the prestigious Baucom Shine Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the area of risk management and safety. James was recently named as an instructor for the prestigious Insurance Academy.

James is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the North Carolina Mid-State Safety Council. He has published two manuals on Workers’ Compensation and three different claims processing manuals. He has also written and has been quoted in numerous articles on reducing Workers’ Compensation costs for public and private employers. James publishes a weekly newsletter with 7,000 readers.

He currently possess press credentials and am invited to various national Workers Compensation conferences as a reporter.

James’s articles or interviews on Workers’ Compensation have appeared in the following publications or websites:

  • Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS)
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  • Bloomberg Business News
  • WorkCompCentral.com
  • Claims Magazine
  • Risk & Insurance Magazine
  • Insurance Journal
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