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Employees can file Workers’ Comp if they have COVID-19

On Behalf of | Jan 21, 2021 | Workers' Compensation

The pandemic continues to impact nearly every part of our lives. Workers who were self-quarantining at home now find themselves contracting the virus after returning to work, even if their employer has made attempts to keep them safe.

Fortunately, full-time, part-time, seasonal, and temporary workers can file for Workers’ Compensation to help cover bills while they are home sick with the virus.

Essential steps to take

In addition to focusing on their health and recovery, employees will need to take specific actions:

  • The employee should notify their employer as soon as the symptoms of COVID-19 appear and tell their employer if they think it was contracted at work.
  • They should seek medical care if the case is severe.
  • The worker should keep records of when the symptoms appeared and when they notified their employer.
  • The employee should see a medical professional to help document the illness in their medical records if no COVID-19 tests were available.

Legal help may be necessary

Employers or insurers will often dispute whether the injury or illness was caused by the job, which can mean an arduous process. The attorneys at Goldstein, Ballen, O’Rourke & Wildstein, P.C. understand the state and federal workers’ compensation laws and processes, giving a worker the best chance to secure the compensation they deserve. The earlier we become involved, the easier it will be for us to make sure your claim is properly documented.