10-Year Review Of Disability Claims Shows Trend In Workplace Absences

Business Wire

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– A 10-year review of disability claims shows the effects of an aging workforce, medical advances and the power of early intervention, according to data from Unum (NYSE: UNM), a leading provider of disability benefits. Unum tracks reasons behind workplace absence in its disability data and shares results each May during Disability Insurance Awareness Month.

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Key findings include:

  • Short and long term disability claims for joint disorders and musculoskeletal issues have increased significantly.
  • Cancer has stayed the No. 1 reason for long term disability claims, representing 17 percent of claims.
  • Pregnancy continues to top the list of short term disability claims, at 28 percent.
  • Long term disability claims for complicated pregnancies have decreased 47 percent.
  • The percentage of Unum’s short term disability behavioral health claims that transition to long term is down 15 percent, the result of a dedicated behavioral health program implemented at Unum.

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