Coronavirus is a serious threat to everyone in Pennsylvania. Not only has the threat of the virus forced a large number of people out of work, but it also is a threat for individuals who continue to work. Individuals working in essential jobs face the threat of exposure each time they go to work. If you contract Coronavirus, or COVID-19, while at work, you may deserve worker’s compensation benefits. Our personal injury attorney team at the Law Offices of Gregg Durlofsky explains workers comp and Coronavirus in Pennsylvania.
Will I Get Workers Comp For Coronavirus in Pennsylvania?
Yes, you may get workers comp for Coronavirus in Pennsylvania. The State of Pennsylvania workers compensation website says that Coronavirus may be a grounds for workers compensation benefits. You must show that you contracted the virus because of exposure at work. If you can prove that your illness occurred because of your employment, you may receive worker’s comp benefits. Yes, workers comp is available for Coronavirus in Pennsylvania if you contract the virus at work.
Getting worker’s comp for Coronavirus in Pennsylvania
As far as worker’s comp is concerned, Coronavirus is somewhat unique. It’s a virus that produces illnesses and complications. However, it’s not an injury that you can see with an x-ray. It’s not immediately clear when someone contracts Coronavirus. That can make it hard to pinpoint whether or not someone qualifies for worker’s compensation benefits.
Generally, worker’s compensation covers injuries that occur at work. It isn’t meant to cover injuries that happen outside of work. When someone gets COVID-19, it can be hard to know how they contracted the virus. They may not be going to many places because of travel restrictions, so the workplace may be the most likely source.
Workers compensation benefits for people with Coronavirus
Fortunately, the State of Pennsylvania has created a path for workers to claim benefits based on a suspected case of transmission at the workplace. On their website, the state gives the example of someone who has a coworker test positive shortly before the worker becomes ill. They say that’s strong proof that transmission occurred at work.
You can gather other evidence that you contracted the virus at work, such as the number of customers who come in and out of your place of work. It is up to you to prove that you qualify for worker’s compensation. That makes it critical to do the work to trace the source of the Coronavirus and have information ready to explain the conditions and exposure risks at your workplace.
Personal injury law firm for Coronavirus worker’s compensation
The personal injury law firm of The Law Offices of Gregg Durlofsky can help you with a worker’s compensation claim based on Coronavirus or COVID-19. Their personal injury attorney team can help you make an initial filing for benefits. They can also help you appeal an unfavorable ruling. Gregg Durlofsky and his team are committed to helping Coronavirus victims get the financial relief that they deserve. Contact us today to review your case right away