Could St. Louis See Coronavirus Workers’ Compensation Lawsuits?
News about the Coronavirus is virtually everywhere. It has caused businesses to shut down and it has basically changed the structure of our culture overnight. Many employees are now being confronted with the possibility of having countless workers' comp claims on their hands as a result of their employees getting exposed or testing positive.
Is Washington State Paving the Way for Workers' Comp Claims?
Washington State has announced that they are changing their policies surrounding workers' comp for first responders and healthcare workers who are quarantined due to exposure to the Coronavirus. Those who are exposed on the job will be receiving workers' comp benefits. It stands to reason that other states will follow suit in the weeks and months to come.
What Should St. Louis Businesses be Doing to Prepare?
Employers in St. Louis should ask themselves the following questions:
* Do we have workers who travel to areas where there are documented cases of COVID-19?
* Does our business increase our employees' chances of exposure?
* Do our employees work in close proximity with others who may have been exposed?
If any answer to these questions is yes, the employer should consider planning to prepare for an increase in workers' comp claims.
Your St. Louis Workers' Comp Attorneys
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, or you have tested positive, you may be deserving of workers' comp benefits. Contact your St. Louis workers' comp attorneys to discuss your situation.