What St. Louis Employees Should Know About Workers’ Comp and COVID-19
COVID-19 is a health issue that no one ever saw coming. To date, there have been hundreds of thousands of cases reported, as well as thousands of deaths. But what recourse do employees have who could have possibly contracted the virus at their workplaces? Are they eligible for workers' compensation? That's the question they need an answer to.
Can St. Louis Employees Receive Workers' Comp After Coronavirus Diagnosis?
The only answer we have for this is that it's possible.
Workers' compensation laws do indicate that occupational diseases could be compensated through workers' comp. But that does not include what is considered an "ordinary" disease, like the flu or the common cold. Some groups of people, such as healthcare workers, may have an easier time getting paid if they are diagnosed. But there are still so many variables, and we haven't received official word about what to expect regarding workers' comp claims.
One State is Offering Workers' Comp to Victims of COVID-19
Washington State has announced that they will provide workers' comp benefits to first responders and healthcare workers who test positive for the Coronavirus. They will also provide them for anyone who is currently quarantined and unable to work because they were exposed to the virus. Their coverage offers payment for medical testing and any treatment that is needed. It also provides indemnity payments to those individuals.
Do You Have Questions About COVID-19 and Workers' Comp in Missouri? Your St. Louis Workers' Comp Attorneys Can Help
This is a very difficult time for a lot of individuals and their families. Your St. Louis workers' comp attorneys are here to provide you with the legal guidance and expertise you need. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 on the job, we will fight hard to get you the compensation you deserve.