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Department of Financial Services

State Property and Casualty Claims

What is the purpose of the program?

The State Property and Casualty Claims program, which is administered by the Division of Risk Management, ensures that state agencies are provided quality insurance coverage at reasonable rates through a self-insured program, claims handling services, and technical assistance in loss prevention and managing risks.

What type of coverage does the program provide?

In accordance with Ch. 284, Florida Statutes, the program provides the following self-insured coverage through a self-insured program:  workers' compensation, general liability, employment discrimination, federal civil rights, auto liability, and property. It also provides for the purchase of excess insurance, when appropriate.

How are program services provided?

Three bureaus within the Division of Risk Management provide services to participating state agencies.
  • Risk Financing and Loss Prevention provides administrative support to the division, including cash management for the division's annual budget, calculating casualty and property premiums for the division's customers, monitoring the division's contracts, and providing data management and information technology support. It also contains the Loss Prevention section, which provides training and consultative services to agency safety coordinators, conducts agency loss prevention and safety program reviews, monitors agency return-to-work programs, and provides administrative support to the Interagency Advisory Council on Loss Prevention.
  • State Employee Workers' Compensation Claims administers all workers' compensation claims filed by state employees and volunteers who are injured on the job. The bureau typically receives 12,000 new claims each year and is primarily responsible for ensuring that covered individuals receive timely benefits, while safeguarding the state from instances of fraud, waste, and abuse.
  • State Liability and Property Claims investigates and resolves/settles liability and property claims involving or against state agencies.  The types of coverage the division provides includes property, general liability, fleet automobile liability, federal civil rights/employment discrimination, and court awarded attorney fees.

What are recent claims payment trends?

In Fiscal Year 2018-19, the State Risk Management Trust Fund paid $166.9 million for workers' compensation, general and automobile liability, federal civil rights and employment discrimination, and property claims. The amount paid by claim type is listed below.
Risk Management Claims Paid in Fiscal Year 2018-19 
Claim Type Amount Paid1
Workers' Compensation $113,088,318
Property 30,040,501
Federal Civil Rights and Employment Discrimination $12,642,978
General and Automobile Liability $11,142,793
  
Total $166,914,590
1Source:Department of Financial Services, Division of Risk Management.

How are these activities funded?

Fiscal Year: 2020-21
Fund Dollars Positions
PROGRAM: STATE PROPERTY AND CASUALTY CLAIMS
STATE SELF-INSURED CLAIMS ADJUSTMENT
75,791,513
116.00
TOTAL
75,791,513
116.00

Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?

A complete list of related OPPAGA reports is available on our website.

Where can I get more information?

Other Reports
Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Report, Division of Risk Management, Department of Financial Services.
Department of Financial Services - Florida Accounting Information Resource Subsystem (FLAIR) and Origami Risk Insurance Management System (Origami) - Information Technology Operational Audit, Auditor General Report No 2018-025, October 2017.
Monthly Newsletters, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Loss Prevention Publications, Department of Financial Services, Division of Risk Management.
Websites of Interest
Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration
Public Agency Risk Managers Association
Public Risk Management Association
Performance Information
Performance measures and standards for the department may be found in its Long Range Program Plan.

What are the applicable statutes?

Chapters 284 and 440, Florida Statutes.

Whom do I contact for help?

Division of Risk Management, 850-413-3120

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