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J Occup Med. 1990 Jan;32(1):13-5.

The cost of compensable low back pain.

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  • 1Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Hopkinton, MA 01748.


Cost data were retrieved from all claims of low back pain initiated during 1986 (N = 98,999) from computerized records of the Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. The mean cost per case was $6807; median cost, $391. Medical costs represented 31.5% of the total costs; indemnity costs, 67.2%. The total compensable cost for all low back pain in the United States was estimated to be $11.1 billion. Large variations were found to exist among different states in cost per case and percentage of costs for indemnity and medical payments.

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