N.B. sees spike in COVID-related workers’ compensation claims – CBC

WorkSafeNB could not say how many claims involve long COVID

Mar 10, 2023

The number of COVID-19-related workers’ compensation claims in New Brunswick has increased 533 per cent since the beginning of the pandemic, and the number of accepted claims has jumped nearly 1,521 per cent.

The 2022 claims alone cost more than half a million dollars, including loss of earning and medical aid, while the province’s three-year total exceeds $1.4 million, according to figures from WorkSafeNB.

But the nature of the claims, including how many of them involve long COVID or post COVID-19 condition, is unclear.

“If a COVID claim meets the criteria of test of time, place, and activity, it would be accepted and treated as any other claim under the Workers’ Compensation Act,” said spokesperson Beverly Stears.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/covid-19-workers-compensation-claims-new-brunswick-increase-long-covid-worksafenb-1.6772080

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