“Figures often beguile me, particularly when I have the arranging of them myself; in which case the remark attributed to Disraeli would often apply with justice and force: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.”
– Mark Twain’s Own Autobiography: The Chapters from the North American Review
One would think that Mark Twain was speaking about insurers, particularly workers’ compensation insurers prone to put out studies with figures “arranged” by them. These studies, based on “statistics,” are then used by insurers to justify a premium rate increase.
We’ve seen it time and time again. Workers’ comp insurance premiums increase, employers complain, and the solution — seems like the only solution –ever sought is to cut benefits to the injured worker. And with every cut, the “Grand Bargain” is amended … unilaterally.
To Mark Twain’s point, the most aggravating type of lie is the one residing in the subterfuge of a statistic. It cloaks itself with a mantle of credibility. The only way to expose it is to understand the data behind the statistic.
We hope that this blog is helpful in informing and educating those with an interest in preserving our workers’ compensation system, one that lives up to its promise to take care of Georgia’s injured workers in a humane and expeditious way.