As Pennsylvania continues to combat the spread of the Coronavirus, doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers have bravely risen to meet the challenge of Covid-19. These essential workers risk everything day in and day out to treat patients who have been exposed to the virus. There are over 1,827,425 positive cases within the U.S. and over 90,000 healthcare workers are believed to have been infected at the time of publication. This has resulted in more than 300 deaths amongst hospital staff and emergency responders. As we continue to adjust to the new reality of the healthcare crisis, it is important to evaluate the impact on Workers Comp Law for essential workers.
Covid-19 Healthcare Workers Compensation
Although there is currently a lack of guidance regarding Covid-19 and workers compensation, existing law provides us with important insights into how Workers Comp claims are treated with regards to essential workers. The current law indicates that workers who become injured or sick as a result of job-related causes are eligible to receive compensation for medical expenses and lost wages. This means that nurses and other hospital staff who receive a positive Coronavirus diagnosis would be able to obtain workers compensation benefits on these grounds.
Why Hire a Healthcare Workers Compensation Lawyer?
Although healthcare workers should be eligible to receive Workers Comp in Pennsylvania due to exposure to the Coronavirus, it is still recommended that you consult with a trained Workers Compensation Lawyer to review your case. Due to the pandemic, courts are now managing cases remotely to ensure public safety. This has caused some delays in the processing of Workers Compensation cases. At Huber and Palsir, we can help you navigate the Workers Comp process to ensure your claim is submitted as quickly as possible. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to review your case.