Receiving workers compensation for COVID-19 is possible if you can show that your exposure and contagion was work related.
The New York Workers Compensation Board decides the outcome of COVID-19 claims. The first step involves the workers compensation insurance carrier, which could accept or dispute your claim. However, even if disputed, when you contest the claim denial, a workers comp judge would listen to your testimony and also that of your medical provider. The judge would determine whether exposure occurred at work. An important factor would be whether the work environment resulted in prevalent COVID-19 exposure.
Workplaces where employees have worked closely with the public could lead to coronavirus exposure.
Examples of such work environments include:
When filing a claim you would want to include all the details about where you work and your work schedule. You should also describe the duties you performed and what contact you had with the public. An authorized workers compensation medical provider should provide a medical report that states your illness resulted from work. You should include evidence of a positive test result or the medical provider's report indicating diagnosis through PCR test or through a treating physician examination.
Benefits you can receive include:
If you became seriously ill or have lost a loved due to work related COVID-19 contagion, consult with a lawyer. We can arrange a free consultation with one of our attorneys at Sackstein, Sackstein & Lee, LLP.