Are Healthcare Professionals Eligible for Worker’s Compensation After Exposure to COVID-19?
Are you a nurse or doctor who has worked with Coronavirus patients?
Have you experienced Coronavirus symptoms?
Did you have to take a leave of absence to recover?
Are you entitled to worker’s compensation?
It is important to note that with COVID 19 or any other communicable disease, an employee has to test positive for the disease and it must be determined with a reasonable amount of certainty that their exposure to the virus occurred in the workplace and was not community-acquired.
According to Pinnacol Assurance, “If the worker was on the clock and on the premises at the time of the exposure to the virus and can establish a causal connection between the duties of their employment and the infection, then the claim may be held compensable. If the virus is circulating widely in the community where the business is operating, it may be difficult for a worker to prove COVID-19 was contracted at work versus elsewhere. A worker will need to be able to trace the contraction of the virus to a particular time, place and cause in the workplace for it to be deemed compensable.”
Can you File for Workers Compensation Benefits?
As of March 26, 2020, Colorado has not issued any order or legislation explicitly stating that healthcare professionals exposed to COVID-19 will be entitled to Workers Compensation benefits.
These cases are hard to prove. Each individual set of circumstances may be different. Contact a Colorado worker’s compensation attorney to discuss your rights. At Kaufman & Kaufman, we can give you advice and represent you in your case.
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