Workers' Compensation Safety Board of Nova Scotia

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

For some workers, trauma is a workplace hazard.

If you are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to job-related trauma, and you have WCB coverage, then you may qualify for compensation.

By the very nature of their jobs, some workers – police officers, firefighters, paramedics – are exposed to more traumatic events than the average person. If your job has exposed you to a traumatic event, or multiple traumatic events, you may be at risk of developing work-related PTSD.

If you work in a WCB-covered workplace, and you believe you have suffered a psychological injury, you should report it as soon as possible. To qualify for benefits, you would need to be diagnosed with PTSD or another mental health condition by a psychiatrist or psychologist.

Assessing these types of claims is usually very straightforward. It is important that WCB receives the claim within a year from the diagnosis date, but even if it has been longer, please contact us to discuss the details of your particular claim. WCB benefits may include earnings loss benefits, as well as coverage for any treatment required.

If you think you might be suffering from PTSD, reach out and seek help. Talk to your loved ones, talk to your doctor, and talk to your employer.

If you are in crisis, take immediate action – call Nova Scotia’s mental health crisis line at 1-888-429-8167.

Need help talking about PTSD in your workplace? We have tools for you to help start the conversation