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

| Jan 21, 2021 | Workers' Compensation

The pandemic continues to impact nearly every part of our lives. With some non-essential workers lucky enough to still have jobs getting called back into work, scientists and medical staff report spikes in the number of cases. Workers who were self-quarantining at home now find themselves contracting the virus after returning to work despite the company’s 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

While they should focus on their health and recovery, employees will need to take specific actions:

  • They should immediately isolate themselves from co-workers and even family members.
  • 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 and so a medical professional can document the illness.
  • 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.
  • The employee should provide the test results or a record of the diagnosis to their employer or the Workers’ Compensation insurer.

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 appeal process. Those who worry about getting the compensation they deserve can speak with an attorney who practices here in New Jersey. These legal professionals understand the state and federal laws and processes, giving a worker the best chance to secure the compensation they deserve.