Work-related stress and WCB claims

When it comes to workers’ comp, the realm of psychological injuries is a bit muddy. In recent years, many provinces have made changes to legislation to clarify and restrict the circumstances under which an employee would be entitled to benefits. The New Brunswick Court of Appeal recently dealt, for the first time, with the issue of a workers’ right to benefits for psychological injuries in the workplace
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When it comes to workers' compensation, the realm of compensation for psychological injuries is a bit muddy. In recent years, many provinces have made changes to legislation to clarify and restrict the circumstances under which an employee would be entitled to WCB benefits for workplace-related stress.

The basic consensus appears to be that a series of events over the years, gradually manifesting itself into debilitating stress, is not a compensable injury. But a single traumatic event that is over-the-top will - though there are exceptions in both cases.

The New Brunswick Court of Appeal recently dealt, for the first time, with the issue of a workers' right to benefits for psychological injuries in the workplace.