Can you get workers comp in DC if you were exposed to coronavirus at work?

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Workers compensation and the Coronavirus

Healthcare workers who are coming into contact with Coronavirus at work should definitely get the best information they can on workers compensation. If you caught the Coronavirus as a result of being exposed while on duty, you could be off of work, need medical care and you will need to file for benefits.

If you're like most healthcare workers, you never planned for an injury or illness caused by helping patients.  We see this a lot, a nurse or other healthcare worker, who injures her back lifting and turning a patient, a torn rotator cuff from restraining a patient suffering from addiction, a concussion caused by a violent psychiatric patient.

And now, Covid-19.

Don't wait too long to get started on your claim. Contact us at 202-393-3320.

If you have had exposure at work, you still need to prove that the illness was caused by work, but for healthcare workers, there should be enough of a link for you to go ahead and file for workers compensation. And obviously, if you've been exposed at work get tested now so you can take care of yourself and your family if you are sick, quarantined, or both.

If you call us today we will send you what you need from our DC Workers' Compensation Library - You will get our signature book, along with the DC forms you need to file your claim (we can email these to you - the book is a real book so has to be mailed). 

You can use these forms to file with the DC Office of Workers Compensation to get your claim started, but don't do it without speaking to us first. There are certain mistakes that you can make when filing for workers' compensation that we want to help you avoid.

We are available to take calls and answer questions about work injuries in DC, MD and Virginia, so if you need anything, please reach out to us - we're here for you.

Call 202-393-3320.

 

Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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