If you have tested positive for COVID-19 after being exposed at work, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. This type of illness may be considered an injury or an occupational disease. Occupational diseases are identified in the PA Workers’ Compensation Act. Contracting COVID-19 at your place of work would most likely be considered an injury but could also be an occupational disease depending on the type of work performed.
If you suspect that you may have been infected at work, you should immediately report it to your supervisor/employer. You can file your claim in one of the following two ways:
- Notify your PA employer to file a workers’ comp claim for “disease-as-injury”. In this case, you will be required to prove through medical evidence that your COVID-19 exposure occurred at your workplace.
- Notify your PA employer to file a workers’ comp claim for “occupational disease”. In this case, you will be required to prove that the frequency of occurrence of COVID-19 is higher in your industry or occupation when compared to the general population.
If your workers’ compensation claim related to COVID-19 is denied, you have a right to seek a review by filing a Petition with the PA workers’ comp Office of Adjudication.
Keep in mind that workers’ compensation can cover lost time from work, but also 100% of medical expenses related to the illness.
Consult with an Experienced PA Workers’ Compensation Attorney
COVID-19 pandemic related workers’ compensation claims in Pennsylvania are unprecedented. It is best to have a competent workers’ comp lawyer in PA on your side who can establish evidence and build a strong case to help you obtain maximum benefits.
Paula Robinson is a dedicated workers’ compensation attorney in PA who will work hard to protect your rights and maximize your chances of recovery. Call us today to schedule a consultation. Please note that Robinson Law does not handle Unemployment Compensation, but if you’ve been let go or your company is not considered essential, visit the Office of Unemployment Compensation to see if you are eligible for benefits.