Jan 3, 2023
With the number of COVID-19 cases in the US exceeding 1.6 million, we continue to receive a number of questions from concerned clients regarding what type of injuries are covered under workers’ compensation insurance. We’ve compiled a few recent examples that have made headlines:
A nurse without an N95 mask raced in to treat a ‘code blue’ patient. She died 14 days later:
Frontline medical workers are at greatest risk for contracting COVID-19. In this tragic instance, the family of the heroic frontline worker who lost her life would be able to file both workers’ compensation and wrongful death claims. Frontline medical workers in California who are impacted by COVID-19 are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
Exxon Mobil employee contracts Covid-19 as Houston-area campus reopens:
Office workers can be exposed to COVID-19, and as more workplaces gradually open for business, the number of cases will likely rise. If this individual worked in California, he or she would be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
Eighth Amazon warehouse worker dies from COVID-19:
Factory and warehouse workers — whether employed by large retail outlets, automotive corporations, or meatpacking companies — are at significant risk of exposure to COVID-19. California workers in factories and warehouses who are impacted by the virus are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
MTA worker coronavirus death toll hits 123:
Transportation workers, including rideshare drivers and public transportation employees, have been considerably impacted by COVID-19.Transportationworkers in California who are impacted by the virus are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
Grocery Workers Union Estimates 3,257 Members Infected With Coronavirus:
Despite many precautions being put in place to help protect grocery workers from contracting COVID-19, the number of positive cases throughout the country has been overwhelming. Grocery and retail store workers in California who are impacted by the virus are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
City Sanitation Worker Contracts Coronavirus Even After Taking Every Precaution:
Sanitation workers do not have the luxury of working from home. Unfortunately, many are exposed to COVID-19 on the job. Sanitation workers living in California who are impacted by the virus are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
Governor Newsom’s recent executive order ensures that all California workers who contract coronavirus are eligible for the workers’ compensation benefits they deserve. It’s important to remember that, under the law, all California workers are covered by workers’ compensation insurance — regardless of industry, immigration status, or type of injury (whether physical or psychological). If you have been impacted by COVID-19, contact us today for a free consultation and to be connected with our experienced and dedicated workers’ compensation specialists.
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