Workers in the State of Pennslyvania may literally be putting their lives at risk when they go to work. The novel Coronavirus is a challenge, unlike anything that healthcare professionals have seen in modern American history. For workers like police officers, emergency responders, healthcare workers, grocery store workers, restaurant employees, gas station workers, and laundry service employees, contracting COVID-19 at work is a threat that they face every day.
Workers who contract the virus may wonder whether worker’s compensation benefits are available. For many workers, the answer is yes. Our personal injury law firm explains what worker’s compensation benefits are available for employees who contract COVID-19.
Coronavirus workers compensation benefits in Pennsylvania
Workers compensation benefits for Coronavirus in Pennsylvania include medical bills, lost wages, and loss of use payments. First, when worker contracts COVID-19 at work, their medical bills should be covered in full by the employer. Medical coverage should continue until the employee reaches the maximum medical improvement. Next, coverage includes lost wages. The employee receives a percentage of their pay as replacement compensation while they’re unable to work because of COVID-19.
In some cases, Coronavirus may leave permanent injuries. If an employee suffers from a permanent loss of their health, they deserve compensation for the fact that their health is now limited because of their illness. The amount that a worker receives in workers’ compensation benefits is unique to their losses. Our personal injury law firm can help you fight for the maximum amount for your case.
If I contract Coronavirus at work, can I receive pain and suffering?
If you contract Coronavirus at work, you probably cannot receive pain and suffering compensation. When your case is a worker’s compensation claim, involving your employer, you’re prohibited from claiming pain and suffering as a benefit. Worker’s compensation is meant to provide a fast path to medical care and replacement income for workers. The trade-off is that pain and suffering isn’t something that you get compensation for. However, loss of use compensation is available if you qualify.
In rare cases, you may also have a valid third-party lawsuit in addition to the worker’s compensation claim. Our personal injury attorney Randy Kaplan can help you determine if you qualify to bring this type of claim. When your case is directly against your employer, you can often receive benefits much more quickly than if you bring a third-party lawsuit. However, as a result, you may not be able to claim pain and suffering compensation. In all cases, it’s important to meet with our personal injury attorney team in order to have an individual review of your case and fully understand all of your rights.
Personal injury attorney for workers compensation benefits in Pennsylvania
Did you contract Coronavirus at work? Do you think you may have contracted Coronavirus at work? Don’t become a victim twice.
Let our personal injury law firm help you through the process of claiming financial compensation. Our team wants to make the claims process understandable, manageable, and successful. We can work on your behalf until you have the result that you deserve. Call us today.