As of March 20, 2020, the Workers Compensation Insurance Organizations (WCIO) approved new codes, referred to as “Nature” and “Cause” codes to help in the reporting of workers’ compensation claims related to COVID-19 claims. The Cause is Pandemic and the Nature is COVID-19.
As of March 24, 2020, Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation system has been updated to accept these codes for reporting COVID-19 claims effective as of December 2019 or later. The International Association of Industrial Accidents, Boards, and Commissions (IAIABC) recommends that Workers’ Compensation Insurance Companies modify their reporting and collections systems to recognize these codes by April 1, 2020.
If you think that you have been exposed to COVID-19 in your workplace, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Of course, as with any work injury, you will be required to provide medical evidence that you were exposed in the workplace, as opposed to anywhere else.
For more information, please visit WORKERS’ COMPENSATION AND THE INJURED WORKER.