Can I get Workers’ Compensation for Coronavirus (Covid-19)?

Siegal & Richardson will help you understand your rights as they relate to the coronavirus (Covid-19).

If you were exposed to and contracted the Coronavirus (Covid-19) during the regular course of your work and are unable to do your usual job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

California Law requires your employer to pay for workers’ compensation if you are hurt by one event at work or repeated exposures at work. These standards include one or repeated exposures to the Coronavirus (Covid -19).

If you have contracted Coronavirus (Covid1-9) while on the job, you want to immediately contact a lawyer that is experienced in representing injured workers. At Siegal & Richardson, we have over 40 years of experience in the area of labor and employment law. Our expertise and aggressive pursuit of justice are what you need for a workers’ compensation claim related to the Coronavirus (Covid-19).

What do attorneys do in workers’ compensation cases?

The most important job of an attorney is to protect your rights. Due to our experience in the area of labor and employment law, at Siegal & Richardson, we have an in depth understanding of your rights as they relate to Coronavirus (Covid-19) exposure.

Your attorney will review your case, gather relevant information and documentation, and plan a strategy for your case. At Siegal & Richardson, our successful legal strategies have helped numerous victims of labor and employment cases recover payments for medical care, obtain Temporary Disability Benefits (TD), acquire additional sums for late TD payments, challenge rejected claims, and negotiate or litigate any other related issues that could arise.

In addition, your attorney will keep track of all deadlines and represent you in hearings before a workers’ compensation judge. Not only do we have extensive litigation experience, but at Siegal & Richardson, we have the motivation, passion, and dedication to pursue justice for you.

What workers’ compensation benefits can I receive?

Medical Care: Your employer is required to pay for your medical care related to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) when you have contracted it at your workplace. All employers are required to have workers’ compensation insurance through which the medical expenses are paid. As long as you filed a claim form and your physician knows the illness is work-related, you should not receive a medical bill. (California Labor Code Section 3751 (b).) Medical care includes doctor visits, treatment services, tests, medicines, equipment, and even travel costs reasonably necessary to treat your injury. 

Workers' compensation for medical care is required under California law.

The guidelines laid out in the Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS) define what reasonable and necessary treatment is. In general, reasonable and necessary treatment is what is needed to relieve an injured worker from the effects of that injury. 

The guidelines laid out in the Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS) define what reasonable and necessary treatment is. In general, reasonable and necessary treatment is what is needed to relieve an injured worker from the effects of that injury. 

Your attorney will be able to provide you with a clear and concise understanding of the medical care to which you are entitled. Our attorneys at Siegal & Richardson, are here to help you. We will protect your rights by ensuring that you are receiving the reasonable and necessary medical care that you are entitled to.

Am I eligible for Temporary Disability Benefits?

Those who have contracted Coronavirus (Covid-19) may be eligible for Temporary Disability Benefits.

Temporary Disability Benefits (TD) are payments you receive if you lose wages because your doctor says you can’t do your usual work for more than 3 days or you are hospitalized overnight and your employer does not offer you other work that pays your usual wages while you recover.

Those who have contracted Coronavirus (Covid-19) have typically been asked to quarantine and in some cases have been hospitalized for extended periods of time. These requirements make it unlikely that a Coronavirus patient would be able to continue the same work. Thus, you may be eligible for TD benefits.

Typically, TD benefits are 2/3 of the gross wages lost while you are recovering. During this time, you will not pay taxes, social security, union dues, or retirement fund contributions from TD benefits. There are other factors that come into play when determining your benefit amount; such as second jobs, earned other income like tips, or having a second job. At Siegal & Richardson, we will help you determine whether you are eligible for Temporary Disability Benefits and if so, what compensation you are legally entitled to.  

When should I contact an attorney?

You should contact an attorney immediately to ensure your rights are protected if you have contracted the Coronavirus (Covid-19).

If you believe you have a workers’ compensation case related to the Coronavirus (Covid-19), you should contact an attorney immediately. The sooner you contact an attorney, the sooner you can start receiving benefits you may be entitled to due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19).

When you contact Siegal & Richardson, we are prepared to act immediately on your behalf. Whether we can work with your employer to resolve the issue, or whether we need to pursue aggressive litigation, you will receive the benefits that you are eligible for.