Coronavirus Comp Claim Lawyers Brooklyn, NY
As the number of people who contract the COVID-19 virus continues to grow in New York and across the country, the subject of workers’ compensation has become an increasing concern for those workers who are on the front lines and deemed essential employees, including healthcare workers, grocery workers, transportation workers, and more. As the state begins to open up and more people who have been under stay at home orders return to work, the concern is not what happens if an employee contracts the virus on the job but what happens when this occurs. The Brooklyn, NY coronavirus comp claim lawyers from Polsky, Shouldice & Rosen, P.C. are here to answer all your COVID-19 work-related questions and provide legal help when needed.
New York Begins to Open Up
In March, the country essentially shut down as COVID-19 began to ravage the country. New York has been hit especially hard, having the most numbers of those infected and fatality rates. Many of those infected included doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers who contracted the virus through their exposure from taking care of critically ill COVID patients in hospitals and nursing homes. There have also been many front-line workers who have contracted the virus, including police officers and EMTs. There have also been bus drivers and other transportation workers, grocery workers, and other people who are considered essential employees because they have kept this country running while the majority of the population were ordered to stay at home.
Brooklyn, NY coronavirus comp claim lawyers know that as New York and all states across the country begin the process of reopening the country, the risk of employees at all the businesses opening up will be at risk of catching the virus from either other employees or customers. An employee who contracts the virus through work-related activity may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits.
Under New York law, an employee who suffers an injury or illness through work-related activity qualifies for workers’ compensation benefits that cover their medical bills and a percentage of their weekly wages. There are many conditions that qualify as an occupational disease, but so far, COVID-19 is not one of them. In order for a worker to be covered for contracting COVID-19, they will need to prove that there is a direct link between their job and the virus. Proving this could be very complex and require the legal expertise of coronavirus comp claim lawyers in Brooklyn, NY.
As of this writing, there is pending legislation addressing COVID-19 and workers’ compensation benefits. How this legislation will play out is still unknown. If you or a loved one contracted the virus and believe it was because of your job, contact Polsky, Shouldice & Rosen, P.C. to meet with one of our coronavirus comp claim lawyers Brooklyn, NY clients recommend to find out what your legal options may be. Call our office today for a free consultation and find out how we can help.