Having an accident which impacts on your life is stressful. When you are trying to cover medical costs and need to take time off work to recover, it is important that you know what your financial options are. Personal injury attorneys help people who have been through an accident and now seek recourse from the other person who caused it. Before you meet with a personal injury attorney, there are details you need to gather so the attorney can help you with your case. These posts are all about what accident and personal injury attorneys do, what they need from you, and the different situations where using one is beneficial to your lifestyle.
COVID-19 has been a workforce disruptor. If your employment has been impacted directly contracting COVID-19 and/or you were forced to quarantine after a contact tracing, you're likely eligible for workers' compensation.
Here's how a workers compensation lawyer can help you if contracted or were exposed to COVID-19 on the job.
Filing for Presumption
Sadly, many employers have not supported their workers when they've contracted and/or been exposed to COVID-19 on the job. In many cases, they argue that employees contract and/or expose themselves to the disease outside of the workplace or because the employee did not follow safety procedures.
Creating a Timeline:
In order to collect workers' compensation benefits, you need to prove that you likely contracted and/or were exposed to COVID-19 while performing your job. Because medical records are sealed, proving that you were exposed to another employee or customer can be tricky. In some states, you can file for workers compensation claims after a COVID-19 positive or exposure by submitting a sworn affidavit, swearing that you followed the local COVID-19 safety guideline. It's also a good idea to make sure that your social media platforms support your sworn statement. If your employer can cast doubt on your statements, your case could be thrown out.
Filing for Relief
The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching consequences. In addition to coping with the disease if you contract it, you also might have had to take days off of work to provide daycare and support for a family member. If the reason you missed work was COVID-19-related, your workers' compensation lawyer can file help you file for financial relief.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act was signed into law to protect American workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. For instance, if you were forced to miss work because you were contact traced, you're entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Your workers' compensation lawyer can help you file for relief with your state unemployment authority and file legal action if your employer punished you for missing work. When filing for benefits, your workers' compensation lawyer will need a detailed record of your employment history. From your W2s to your paystubs, the more documentation you can provide with your application, the more likely you are to receive benefits the first time you file. When it comes to filing grievances against your employer, you should provide your lawyer with any correspondence you've had with your employer.
For more information, reach out to a local workers' compensation lawyer.Share
9 December 2020