COVID-19 And Workers’ Compensation
Overcome COVID-19 Worker’s Compensation Challenges
Pandemic challenges are new for all of us. Issues come up every day that none of us have ever experienced. If you contracted COVID-19 at work, you need to manage your worker’s compensation claim.
There are a variety of employment issues, including worker’s compensation, related to the COVID-19 outbreak. If you have legal concerns in Southern California, contact our employment attorneys at Diefer Law Group.
Workers’ Compensation Covers You If You Are Infected At Work
If you can prove you were infected at work, you can file a workers’ comp claim. You need evidence that you contracted the disease at work. It is not enough to report that you contracted COVID-19. You must prove you contracted it at work and file the correct forms.
Procedures Must Be Followed
There is a process you must follow, including:
- Report the injury to supervisors and human resources
- Complete the worker’s compensation form (DWC-1)
- File the claim with your employer
Once your employer receives your claim, they must file it within 24 hours and refer you for medical care. The insurance company has 14 days to accept, deny or delay your claim. Many cases are denied initially due to a lack of evidence.
If your claim is delayed, the insurance company can take up to 90 days to accept or reject it. That may cause problems, but it might benefit you. The delay gives you time to collect evidence and prepare your case.
Denial does not mean the end either. You can appeal the decision.
Correct Filing Is Important
The process can be tricky, and you must follow the procedure accurately. You might need legal representation. Contact our lawyers at our Irvine, Dana Point, Los Angeles, San Diego or Riverside offices. Email us or call us at 800-257-3691.