Workers’ compensation report examines effects of long COVID | 2022-11-11

Boca Raton, FL – A new report from the National Board of Compensation Insurance shows that about a quarter of workers’ compensation claims involving COVID-19 were for patients who developed long COVID.

For the report, researchers analyzed NCCI data on workers’ compensation claims from March 2020 to June 2021 and medical services provided last March. Researchers have identified nearly 7,700 claims related to COVID-19, with payouts of more than $120 million. Of those claims, 24% were for patients who developed long COVID, or when symptoms of the disease – including fatigue, shortness of breath, “brain fog”, heart palpitations, headaches, anxiety and depression – last three months or more. Additionally, among hospitalized patients, 47% developed long COVID, compared to 20% of non-hospitalized patients.

Other key findings:

  • Cardiovascular and pulmonary symptoms were most common in patients who developed long COVID.
  • In terms of demographics, women and healthcare workers have most often experienced long COVID. Nearly a third of long-term workers’ compensation claims from COVID were for people between the ages of 51 and 60.
  • The average cost for a hospitalized worker with long COVID was about $216,000, more than five times higher than the average cost for non-hospitalized workers.

The study is based on an NCCI report published in October 2021 titled COVID-19 and The New Reality – Prolonged COVID.

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