On the other side of the coronavirus crisis is a life with less worry and less pain.
And you and your family may have another way to get there financially, which doesn’t get a lot of attention in the news: workers’ compensation benefits for people in high-risk jobs.
If you or a loved one contracted COVID-19 in a work setting with an unusual risk of exposure, these benefits could provide:
The news talks about various kinds of special financial aid to help with the economic damage of the pandemic, but don’t overlook the workers’ comp system, which was in place long before all this started. It can make a big difference during a hard time for your family.
If you have an existing workers’ comp claim, unrelated to the coronavirus, you also should know that the Ohio workers’ comp system continues to function and process cases.
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation issued a fact sheet on its coronavirus operations. You can read that information here.
The Ohio workers’ compensation lawyers at Horenstein, Nicholson & Blumenthal know how to build a claim for coronavirus—and how to keep your claim alive during shutdowns and online-only operations.
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Your work environment is the first qualification for coronavirus workers’ comp in Ohio.
If the risk of exposure in your workplace is no different than the general public, the BWC says you probably don’t have a workers’ comp claim.
But if your job involves an unusual hazard for contracting COVID-19, you may be able to get benefits.
These are the basic requirements:
Coronavirus is an occupational disease claim under Ohio workers’ compensation law.
Your case officially begins from the moment your disease was first diagnosed, when you first received medical treatment for it, or when you had to leave work, the BWC says.
Fault or negligence by your employer doesn’t matter. Under workers’ comp, you don’t have to prove that they failed to protect you and your co-workers from the virus.
You only have to show that your health was damaged at work. That’s it.
If you’re in a high-risk occupation like health care, you’re one of the heroes of this historic crisis. We all owe you deep gratitude for the way you’re fighting for the rest of us.
At HNB, we’re determined to help you get the support you need.
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