As our community adjusts to its “new normal” amidst the continuing COVID-19 crisis, many employees in Charleston, SC have returned to work. Coronavirus (COVID-19) remains a concern for many workers, causing them to wonder if South Carolina workers’ compensation insurance will cover the cost of their medical care and lost wages if they are infected.
The answer is not a simple one. Your eligibility for compensation depends on several factors – and may require the legal advice of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. Hoffman Law Firm is here to help.
During your free consultation here in North Charleston, our team will learn more about your situation and determine whether or not you are eligible for workers’ comp coverage for coronavirus. If you are, we will handle the process from start to finish, working diligently to ensure you get the quality medical treatment and full benefits you deserve.
Can I File a Workers’ Comp Claim For Coronavirus?
Because it’s impossible to definitively conclude where a COVID-19 patient contracted the virus, the issue of workers’ compensation eligibility has come into question.
In general, workers’ compensation is a no-fault system that only requires that a worker was injured on the job. Injured workers are then typically awarded workers’ compensation benefits to cover the cost of their medical care and lost wages.
In the case of coronavirus, according to workers’ compensation laws, a patient must show that they were infected on the job. Proving this link between working conditions and your illness can be tricky, which is why it’s important to have an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer on your side. You may be asked the following:
- Were you at an increased risk of infection because of your occupation?
- If not for your job, would you have been exposed?
- Can you pinpoint a specific instance/source that likely resulted in your illness?
A precedent hasn’t yet been set, considering the novelty of the coronavirus. As the Workers’ Compensation Commission rules on these cases across the state, our attorneys here in Charleston, South Carolina will adapt their approach to ensure our clients receive the benefits they deserve.
Who Is Most Likely to Get Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
Our community’s “front line workers,” as they’ve come to be known, have faced exposure daily while many families have stayed safely at home. Because those keeping us safe, healthy and fed are at an increased risk of infection, their workers’ compensation claims are more likely to result in benefits.
In fact, legislation is currently pending that would grant workers’ compensation benefits to healthcare workers, first responders and corrections officers in South Carolina.
Charleston Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
As we continue to monitor legislation and executive orders regarding workers’ comp and COVID-19, our team is here to help. Equipped with trusted legal advice about your work-related injury or illness, we will work hard to get you the workers’ compensation benefits you’re entitled to.
If you believe you contracted coronavirus at work or have suffered a workplace injury in North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, or the surrounding areas, call Hoffman Law Firm to schedule your free consultation today.