COVID-19 Workers’ Compensation
We at Jacobs & Wallace, PLLC, remain committed to helping injured workers in Connecticut. We recognize and truly appreciate the many people who continue to work during the pandemic, not just in the medical field, but also retail, delivery drivers, and factories, to name a few. Unfortunately, work injuries will continue to occur.
If you are injured on the job, Jacobs & Wallace, PLLC, is here to help.
If you are concerned about your eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits, your benefit checks, or obtaining medical treatment, please call us at 203-896-4929 for your free consultation.
Employees who are injured or become ill in connection with their work may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. In order to be covered by workers’ comp, injuries do not have to result from sudden accidents like falling off a ladder. It is also common for employees to sustain injuries or occupational illnesses that develop over time. Some workers may get sick from infectious diseases (such as COVID-19) as a result of on-the-job exposure.
Some FAQ’s to help you:
1) Am I eligible for Worker’s Compensation benefits if I am exposed to COVID-19 at work and become ill?
Workers’ compensation generally covers illnesses or diseases that employees develop as a result of on-the-job exposure. Work-related illnesses can range from traditional occupational illnesses like black lung disease and asbestosis, to the coronavirus/COVID-19.
2) What types of health care workers are eligible?
All types of Health Care Workers including but not limited to:
- Unit secretaries
- Clerical staff in the hospitals including the Emergency Rooms
- Anesthesiologists and CRNA’s
- Operating room nurses and staff
- All physicians
- Maintenance workers in hospitals
3) What will I need to show in order to prove my injury/illness came from being at work
It may be relatively easy to prove that work conditions caused traditional occupational diseases, however, proving the work connection can be more difficult when trying to link to COVID-19 exposure. It is important that you have strong medical evidence that the workplace exposure caused or contributed to the illness or death.
4) What other types of workers are eligible for worker’s compensation benefits during this time
Some examples of other workers that are eligible for compensation for any type of injury at work are:
- Fed Ex drivers
- UPS drivers
- Retail store employees
- Grocery store employees
- Construction workers
- Tractor-trailer drivers
- Delivery drivers
- Factory workers
Each case will need to be assessed on a case-by-case basis, so please call us with your questions. Every initial consultation is free.
We are thankful for the first responders who remain working in potentially hazardous environments.