You may be wondering if you can file a workers’ compensation claim if you contract COVID-19 in the workplace. The answer is unclear but is generally based on state law. Therefore, our immediate response is yes, if you contract COVID-19 in the workplace, you should contact a Raleigh workers’ compensation law firm to file a workers’ comp claim and any additional paperwork as soon as possible. However, you also need to know that this is a developing area of law. As of February 2021, our United States Congress is considering laws that will limit employers’ liability for COVID-type illnesses that arise in the workplace.
How Does The Workers’ Comp Process Work in NC?
Many clients want to know what the average value of a workers’ compensation case is. The truth is, there is no average amount because it depends on the extent of the injury. This means that the number can range from being quite small to very large, especially for those who have catastrophic life-changing injuries.
If your employer doesn’t have workers’ compensation, the first thing our attorneys will do is check out the employer and make sure they’re supposed to have workers’ compensation under the law. If they have three or more full-time employees, they’re supposed to have workers’ compensation. If there are three or more full-time employees and they don’t have workers’ comp, we can get penalties under the law from the attorney general for their failure to have coverage. Additionally, you can collect your benefits directly from the employer.
How Does The Coronavirus Affect Workers’ Compensation?
If you get COVID-19 at work, it can be a difficult situation. Your priority should be to take care of yourself and make sure you are quarantined. If you are certain that you contracted the virus at work, contact a Raleigh workers’ compensation lawyer at once so that we can file a workers’ compensation claim for you. Although the law is unsettled right now, under our current law, you should be entitled to benefits and we will fight for your rights.
If you have a workers’ compensation claim that involves other employment issues or COVID-19, our law firm will go over all the details that are pertinent to your claim. Sometimes there could be an unemployment issue, a discharge issue, or even a special issue about COVID. Regardless of the situation, we will discuss all of the details of your case.
If you were hurt at work, COVID, or any other situation with the employer, our lawyers will work diligently to find out all of the facts of your case. Once we know all of the facts, we can help guide you in the right direction.