Workers’ Compensation allows an employee to receive medical treatment and compensation for any wage loss because of a work-related injury or disease.
Generally, workers’ compensation does not cover an illness such as a cold or the flu. However, it does cover an illness such as cancer that could have resulted from exposure at work to harmful materials over time.
COVID-19 falls under community spread illnesses such as the flu, but it also a unique circumstance.
Many essential workers’ jobs are now much more dangerous than they were before. Nurses, first responders, and grocery workers are at extremely high risk for exposure to COVID-19.
Many states are fighting for COVID-19 to be covered under workers’ compensation; Pennsylvania is one of them.
Currently, the house bill HB 2396 is fighting for all Pennsylvania workers employed by a life-sustaining business or occupation be covered under workers’ compensation if they contacted the virus while at work.
The bill is currently pending and not enacted yet.
Workers’ Compensation coverage begins on the first day of employment. Employees are covered for the entire time they are employed at a specific job. It is important to know that the Workers’ Compensation covers any injury or disease caused by a work-related accident regardless of an employee’s previous physical health.
Under Pennsylvania workers’ compensation laws, this employer-provided insurance is usually your only option for money to cover medical treatment and lost wages in the event of a work-related accident or illness.
Getting the compensation you deserve after a workplace injury should be as easy as notifying your employer, seeing an approved doctor, and filing a claim.
However, things do not always go this smoothly. It is not uncommon for the insurance provider to deny your claim.
Workers’ compensation negotiation and litigation are often complex. If you have questions or concerns about your workplace injuries, contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney at Berger and Green.
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If you were injured on the job or lost a loved one while they were on the job, contact the experienced attorneys at Berger and Green. We keep in mind your present and future needs. After an injury or a death, filing a claim will help you and your family during this difficult and unexpected time. Call Berger and Green at 412-661-1400 to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Pittsburgh today.
Source: NCLS.org, “COVID-19: Workers’ Compensation”