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RAND Survey of Compensation for Accidental Injuries in the United States, 1988-1989

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Hensler, Deborah R., et al.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services
Free Keywords
accidents; compensation; injuries; insurance claims; insurance coverage; insurance settlements; medical care; psychological wellbeing; treatment
  • Abstract

    This survey was conducted in 1989 to look at the consequences of injuries that had occurred within the past year. The main purpose was to examine medical treatment, activity restriction, loss reimbursement, and decisions regarding liability claims related to accidental injuries. Work-related stress and injuries that were fatal, resulted in institutionalization, or were caused by pharmaceutical products were not included. Questions were posed regarding treatment following the accident, resulting impairment, rehabilitation expenditures, tort liability payment, insurance benefits, expected claims, and legal assistance, along with psychological and social consequences from making the claims. While many features of this study are comparable to both the Current Population Survey (CPS) and the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), the RAND survey is different in that questions regarding liability-claiming behaviors were asked over the course of a year, and questions about visits to care providers were included. Demographic information on respondents consists of sex, age, and education.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1987-08 / 1988-08
    Time period: 1987-08--1988-08
  • 1988-08 / 1989-06
    Collection date: 1988-08--1989-06
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Noninstitutionalized individuals not on active duty in the armed forces who suffered traumatic injuries.
Two-stage random sample of households in the United States using the random-digit dialing (RDD) method. The screener stage consisted of interviews of sample households with telephones in the United States. The baseline stage was a deeply stratified subsample of the screener stage. An additional subsample of the baseline stage was reinterviewed for further examination of claiming behaviors.
2012-07-12 Created Restricted Data Use Agreement. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services (87ASPE192A).
One or more files in this study are not available for download due to special restrictions; consult the study documentation to learn more on how to obtain the data.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 3084 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Schlanger, Margo. What we know and what we should know about American trial trends. Journal of Dispute Resolution.352006.
  • Marquis, M. Susan, Manning, Willard G.. Lifetime costs and compensation for injuries. Inquiry (Rochester): The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision and Financing.36, (3), 244-254.1999.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Hensler, Deborah R., et al. (2001): RAND Survey of Compensation for Accidental Injuries in the United States, 1988-1989. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.