Can I Still Claim Workers Compensation for COVID?
Covid-19 continues to affect every state, and even as rules and regulations are starting to look more relaxed, cases continue to go up! Luckily, Governor Gavin signed an executive order, making it easier for you to receive workers' compensation benefits IF you contracted the virus on the job.
So what now?
Usually, when someone contracts a disease at work, it is difficult to secure workers' compensation. Even more so for workers employed in the health industry. However, with the newly signed order, workers can claim workers' compensation much more accessible for 60 days after May 6th. Workers will be able to claim workers comp if they tested positive and were performing their duties 14 days after March 19th when the stay at home order was placed into effect.
Gov. Newsome said, "We are removing a burden for workers on the front lines, who risk their own health and safety to deliver critical services to our fellow Californians so that they can access benefits, and be able to focus on their recovery."
At the time of writing this article, cases continue to rise, and it is not entirely unfathomable if we have a second outbreak and if the order is extended.
We can help!
If you or somebody you know is an essential worker in California and has been diagnosed with COVID 19, we advise you to seek legal assistance as soon as possible! You are entitled to workers' compensation, and we would love to ensure you receive the coverage you deserve. We will help you obtain coverage for all medical bills related to COVID and lost wages from time off.