Workers' compensation information system (WCIS)

Workers' Compensation Claims by Timeliness of Temporary Disability Payments

California Code of Regulations, title 8, section 4650 (a) states that, the first payment of temporary disability (TD) shall be made not later than 14 days after knowledge of the injury and disability, on which date all indemnity then due shall be paid, unless liability for the injury is earlier denied.   

The WCIS reporting requirements for First Reports of Injury and Subsequent Reports of Injury (FROI/SROI) established under California Code of Regulations, title 8, section 9702, allows WCIS to study the timeliness of the actual timeliness of TD payments using two primary methods.

  1. The time elapsed between the reported date disability began and the reported of the first temporary disability payment.
  2. The time elapsed between the reported date of employer knowledge and the reported date of the first temporary disability payment.

Due to under reporting of the date disability began on FROIs and SROIs with TD payments, WCIS is currently required to validate both of these methods using similar claims where both the date disability began and employer knowledge were reported. Claims Administrators can learn more about how to submit date disability began here.   

The charts and documents below reflect the WCIS database information as of the run date of the report. 

Timeliness of Temporary Disability Payment Number of Days between Date Disability Began and Date of First Indemnity Payment

Timeliness of Temporary Disability Payment Number of Days between Date Disability Began and Date of First Indemnity Payment

**Due to late reporting of WCIS it is expected that the average number of days to payment will increase for 2015 and 2018 will increase.

Timeliness of Temporary Disability Payment Number of Days between Date Reported to Employer and Date of First Indemnity Payment (measured when also reporting valid Date Disability Began)

Timeliness of Temporary Disability Payment Number of Days between Date Reported to Employer and Date of First Indemnity Payment (measured when also reporting valid Date Disability Began)

** Due to late reporting of WCIS it is expected that the average number of days to payment will increase for 2015 and 2018 will increase.

2017 Annual Aggregate Timeliness of Temporary Disability (TD) Payments

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2017 Annual Aggregate Timeliness of SROI Payments 16c Occupational injuries and illnesses: Statewide timeliness of TD Payment Date Disability Began to First Indemnity Payment version version
2017 Annual Aggregate Timeliness of SROI Payments 16d Occupational injuries and illnesses: Statewide timeliness of TD Payment Date Disability Began to First Indemnity Payment version version

For more information or questions about WCIS FROI/SROI submissions please contact wcis@dir.ca.gov

March 2018