National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging

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RAND Survey of Compensation for Accidental Injuries in the United States, 1988-1989 (ICPSR 3084)

Principal Investigator(s): Hensler, Deborah R., et al.


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.

Access Notes

  • One or more files in this data collection have special restrictions ; consult the restrictions note to learn more. Additional information can also be found in the Use Agreement.

    To preserve respondent privacy, certain identifying geographic variables are restricted from general dissemination. The restricted file including detailed geographic variables is available on a case-by-base basis from ICPSR based on research needs and in accordance with existing ICPSR policies.

    Any public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


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Study Description


Hensler, Deborah R., et al. RAND Survey of Compensation for Accidental Injuries in the United States, 1988-1989. ICPSR03084-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2001.

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This study was funded by:

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

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    accidents, compensation, injuries, insurance claims, insurance coverage, insurance settlements, medical care, psychological wellbeing, treatment

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1987-08--1988-08

Date of Collection:   

  • 1988-08--1989-06

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

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    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.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   2001-02-07

Version History:

  • 2012-07-12 Created Restricted Data Use Agreement.

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