According to the WCIRB, there have only been a few hundred worker's deaths attributed to COVID-19, however, due to a time lag in reporting, this could increase. They note that many cases where the employee dies are not reported until after the death. They note a lag of at times, three months before the death is reported. For example, in November, 33% of claims that we currently have for a date of death in November, the claim was first reported to the employer in November, and 7% was reported in October and 60% were reported in December. This signifies that there could be more COVID-related deaths coming.
"A lot of these claims where the employee dies aren’t actually reported until after the employee dies," said Laura Carstensen, WCIRB vice president of actuarial research. "And so that does imply that we could potentially have a pretty long reporting tail on the COVID death claims. There may be a significant number more to come for the work comp system."