(WCB) A unique identifier assigned by the Workers’ Compensation Board at the time a case is indexed. The case number consists of 8 characteristics and has two possible formats:

  • For regular cases (not involving volunteer firefighters or volunteer ambulance workers), the format is DYYSSSSS, where D is a code for the WCB district office in which the case was indexed (0,1=Brooklyn; 2=Hempstead; 5=Albany; 6=Syracuse; 7=Rochester; 8=Buffalo; 9=Binghamton); YY represents the last two digits of the year of indexing; and SSSSS is a 5-digit sequence number, beginning with 00001 on January 1.
  • For cases involving volunteer firefighters or volunteer ambulance workers, the format is VDYSSSS, where: V is a letter indicating a firefighter (F) or ambulance worker (A); D and YY are the same as for regular cases; and SSSS is a 4-digit sequence number beginning with 0001 on January 1.