Coronavirus is currently spreading across the globe. As of the date of this article, it has yet to reach the United States in significant numbers, but it appears like a more widespread outbreak may be on the horizon. Individuals have a wide variety of exposure risks when it comes to coronavirus. Many of those risks are work-related. In those cases, the persons who contract coronavirus should be pursuing workers’ compensation claims.
If you, or someone you know contracts coronavirus, and think it may be related to work, feel free to contact The Harris Firm to determine whether you can pursue a workers’ compensation claim. Below are some things to keep in mind when thinking about whether a work-related claim for coronavirus might exist.
The most obvious claims for work-related coronavirus will arise from individuals working in the medical field.
As we have already seen in China, individuals who are assigned to treat persons suffering from coronavirus have an increased likelihood of contracting the disease themselves. Doctors, nurses, hospital staffers, individuals involved in containment practices, and many others are coming into contact with coronavirus sufferers across the world. If those same individuals contract the coronavirus due to this exposure they unquestionably have workers’ compensation claims that should be pursued. If you are exposed to coronavirus at work with patients suffering from the disease, a workers’ compensation claim should be filed related to those exposures. [Read more…]