Healthcare workers, first responders, paramedics, and many other employees in the medical and health industry are on the front lines fighting COVID-19. While these employees face the highest risk of acquiring the virus, they might not be able to file workers’ compensation for COVID-19 claims.
The new legislation is now in the works to make sure these essential employees are protected if they end up getting infected by the virus.
Being able to file a workers’ compensation case for COVID-19 claims would allow employees to receive benefits that would cover all of their medical expenses directly related to the virus.
With healthcare workers being overworked and under a tremendous amount of stress, their risk of infection is much higher. Having this medical coverage can help release some of their stress and help them focus more on treating their patients.
Many works might not be able to receive enough sick pay to cover their time away from work since the recovery period for COVID-19 can range from two weeks to two months. Workers' compensation would ensure that the employee would be compensated for wages lost during their recovery time.
The Right Workers' Compensation Attorney
In the past, those who worked in the medical/healthcare fields were not fully covered under the workers' compensation statutes. With the COVID-19 outbreak, things are changing dramatically. Now, legislators across the board are working to take care of these employees who are sacrificing so much to save peoples' lives.
If you are a healthcare or employed in any type of medical profession and have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you have rights!
Contact us today to talk to a workers' compensation attorney. We understand your frustration and are ready to assist you in any way possible in terms of filing a workers’ compensation case for COVID-19 claims.
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