Making a Claim for Occupational Disease


When can I make a claim as a result of occupational disease?

If you have been diagnosed with a condition, illness, or disease that you or your doctor believes is caused by exposure to a health hazard at work, you can make a claim for benefits to WorkplaceNL.

How do I make a claim?

You start the claim process by completing a Worker’s Report of Occupational Disease (6-S) form.

By completing and signing this form, you are authorizing WorkplaceNL to obtain all information necessary to review your claim.

It is important to provide as much detail as possible when completing this form:

  • Medical Information
    • Diagnosis or medical condition for which you are making the claim
    • Names, dates, and locations of doctors seen or medical tests completed 
  • Work Exposure Information
    • Employer(s) name(s), address(es), contact information, and dates of employment
    • Type of work performed and description of duties
    • Hazardous substances to which you believe you were exposed

What happens when WorkplaceNL receives my claim?

When your claim is received, you will be given a claim number and your claim will be assigned for adjudication. This will involve WorkplaceNL:  

  • reviewing your application, gathering the required information, and requesting any relevant information not provided with your form 6-S
  • contacting you, or your authorized representative, to discuss your claim and provide you with necessary  contact information
  • making an entitlement decision on your claim
  • advising you or your authorized representative of the decision, including a detailed written explanation of the decision and the option to appeal, if you are dissatisfied with the decision

How long will it take to receive a decision on my claim?

The time it takes to determine whether or not your claim is accepted depends on many circumstances such as: the nature of the medical condition; the amount of information available; how long it takes to gather and confirm your workplace exposure information; and obtain all relevant medical information.   

If my claim is accepted, what benefits may I receive? 

If your claim is accepted, entitlement to benefits such as health care or wage loss benefits will be determined by WorkplaceNL. This will depend on the circumstances of your case and applicable policy and legislation. You can discuss your claim with your Case Manager. See the Injured Workers’ Handbook for additional information.  

To find out more about WorkplaceNL Firefighters Presumptive Legislation for Occupational Disease, click this Questions and Answers link.

You can also contact WorkplaceNL with any questions by calling 709.778.1000 or toll-free (within the province) 1.800.563.9000. An Information Officer will answer your questions or direct you to the appropriate person.