March 30, 2020 Article

Maine Workers' Comp Alert: WCB Announces New Nature and Cause of Injury Codes and FAQ for COVID-19

Maine Workers' Comp Alert

New Nature & Cause of Injury Codes

The Maine Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has updated the Injury Description Tables that are used by the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) to reflect specific coding in response to COVID-19. The announcement can be found here.

A new Cause of Injury Code (DN0037)-83 for “Pandemic” and a new Nature of Injury Code (DN0035)-83 for “COVID-19” were approved. The codes are anticipated to be used for the reporting for any claim effective December 2019 or later. The new Injury Description Tables may be found on the Workers Compensation Insurance Organization (WCIO) website, Injury Description Table page.

The Maine WCB has made the necessary modifications and is now accepting the new codes recommended by the IAIABC.

Frequently Asked Questions

In response to the volume of COVID-19 related inquiries, the Maine WCB has released information in the form of a list of Frequently Asked Questions. You can view the FAQ here.