The coronavirus pandemic changed how workplaces function. However, some universal truths have not changed and will not change.
Workers’ compensation benefits help workers after a workplace accident or illness. Those benefits extend to those called on to meet the challenges of a once-in-a-century health crisis. However, workers’ compensation is not without challenges that all workers should understand.
Workers compensation covers workers
Whether it is a repetitive injury or COVID-19, if you have an issue that requires you to take significant time off work caused by your work, you have coverage. You will not have to face medical bills. You will not lose employment. You will not lose your income.
But there are some restrictions
Even so, workers’ compensation isn’t a blank check for any time-off need. It is a benefit to help the legitimately sick get the legitimate benefits they need. Frivolous claims — or attempts to abuse the system — impact virtually all people by building a difficult environment for getting claims approved.
If you need workers’ compensation benefits to cover you medically because of a coronavirus infection, you must meet specific eligibility requirements. Even then, your employer may eventually disagree with your claim and attempt to rebut it.
The board is on your side
California law protects vulnerable workers from this deadly virus and emphasizes workers’ needs over employers when it comes to successful claims. The pressure is on your employer to find evidence that you are ineligible for coronavirus workers’ compensation benefit.
Workers’ compensation benefits are for more than just the coronavirus
Even so, it serves all workers to remember the available benefits of workers’ compensation. Too often, workers try to handle their injuries and sicknesses themselves. However, if it is at all possible to receive coverage for these benefits, you owe it to yourself to pursue it.