As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, you or someone you love might have been infected with the virus. And depending on how ill, you might be wondering about workers’ compensation claims.
With this pandemic still developing and so many unknowns, the answer about workers’ compensation claims and coronavirus are unclear. However, there are three things you need to know. Read on:
Right now, it appears that workers who get coronavirus might be eligible for workers’ compensation – depending on how they got the virus. Meaning, did they have exposure at work and were likely sickened that way?
For most people, falling ill with coronavirus won’t be a work-related injury or condition. But for some front-line workers, like those who work at hospitals or grocery stores or first responders, the answer is still unclear.
Speaking to a highly qualified attorney well-versed in workers’ compensation is your best bet.
Depending on where you live, your state might have different guidelines and rules about coronavirus and workers’ compensation claims. For the most part, it appears that claims from those who work in the medical field or first responders like police and firefighters might get benefits.
But it might also come down to each case being reviewed individually.
Like any workers’ compensation claim, if you file, you need to meet certain criteria to get benefits, like:
With coronavirus, these can be difficult to prove, as the exact incubation period and method of transmission isn’t 100% certain.
If you or someone you love has been impacted by coronavirus and might be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, contact us today. We can help answer your questions and get you the help you deserve.