If an employee in Watertown, NY has been exposed to COVID-19 as a result of working, they may qualify to receive workers’ compensation benefits. According to the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board, some of the benefits an employee may be entitled to receive if they get sick with COVID-19 while working include:
- Medical care coverage for their work-related illness. While some individuals have been able to recover from COVID-19 without having to undergo extensive medical treatment, others have been less fortunate. In fact, some COVID-19 patients have had to be admitted to the hospital for treatment due to the severe conditions the COVID-19 virus caused them to suffer from.
- Wage replacement benefits. Once an individual contracts COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends they quarantine themselves for at least 14 days to prevent the spread of the virus. In some cases, an individual may be required to quarantine themselves for even longer if their symptoms don’t subside within this timeframe. When an individual becomes sick from working, they are sometimes entitled to recover wage replacement benefits, which provides them with a portion of the wages they would have earned had they been able to work.
- Death benefits. If a worker passed away as a result of contracting COVID-19 from work, certain surviving family members may be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits as well as reimbursement for funeral expenses up to a certain amount.
How can an employee prove they contracted COVID-19 from work?
Although the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board states that it is unlikely for a worker to be able to identify when and how they contracted the virus, they can demonstrate that their workplace puts them at a high risk of contracting it. They can do this by showing “the nature and extent of their work in an environment where exposure to COVID-19 was prevalent.” Employees who may be at a higher risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus include:
- Health care workers
- Correctional officers
- Retail workers
- Food service workers
- Transportation workers
- First responders
It is worth noting that the Workers’ Compensation Board will use immigration status as a factor to decide whether an individual’s COVID-19 claim should be covered or not.
The Watertown, NY Workers’ Comp Lawyers at Stanley Law Can Help Sick Workers File Their Claims
Workers’ compensation benefits are meant to help individuals obtain the health care they need so they are able to return to work and get their life back on track. Unfortunately, during these unprecedented times, obtaining workers’ comp benefits has become a bit of a challenge for some as more claims are being filed. In addition, insurers may try and claim a worker did not contract the virus from their place of employment to avoid having to provide them with benefits.
Therefore, if a sick worker in Watertown, Syracuse, or a nearby area is having trouble obtaining workers’ compensation benefits or would like help with getting their claim filed, they can contact Stanley Law for help with this and much more.
Stanley Law can be contacted at any of their office locations listed down below:
215 Burnet Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13203
84 Court St, Ste 414
Binghamton, NY 13901
200 Washington St, Ste 407A
Watertown, NY 13601
510 Clinton Square Ste 521
Rochester, NY 14604
22 Public Ave
Montrose, PA 18801