Careful Planning Can Blunt Nature’s Impact on Workers’ Compensation
White Paper Summary
In 2017, colossal hurricanes lashed the coasts of Florida, Puerto Rico, and Texas before scraping across enormous inland areas. The following year, in fall 2018, the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century, swept across Northern California, leveling an area the size of Chicago. And in 2019, a patchwork
of Midwestern levies has strained and sometimes failed to hold back rivers swollen by snowmelt and copious rain. If the assaults seem more intense these days, that’s because they often are. More than ever, proper disaster planning is necessary to ensure the workers’ comp system is able to rebound from catastrophe.
In dollars — an admittedly inadequate yardstick relative to the human toll involved — many of the most recent disasters have been among the worst recorded. The eight years with the most billion-dollar disasters in the U.S. all occurred in the past decade, according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
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