RAND Survey of Compensation for Accidental Injuries in the United States, August 1987-August 1988 (ICPSR 3084)

Published: Jul 12, 2012

Principal Investigator(s):
Deborah R. Hensler, Rand Corporation


Version V1

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.

Hensler, Deborah R. RAND Survey of Compensation for Accidental Injuries in the United States, August 1987-August 1988. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2012-07-12. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03084.v1

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United States Department of Health and Human Services (87ASPE192A)

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Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

1987-08 -- 1988-08

1988-08 -- 1989-06

This project included several collaborators: M. Susan Marquis; Allan F. Abrahamse; Sandra H. Berry; Patricia A. Ebener; Elizabeth G. Lewis; E. Allan Lind; Robert J. MacCoun; Willard G. Manning; Jeannette A. Rogowski; Mary E. Vaiana.

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.

Noninstitutionalized individuals not on active duty in the armed forces who suffered traumatic injuries.

telephone interviews

survey data



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