While healthcare providers, first responders, delivery drivers, grocery store clerks, and other front line workers take many precautions to prevent COVID-19 exposure, they are at risk of contracting the virus on the job. This blog looks at coronavirus exposure among the essential workforce and whether those critical employees are eligible for Nebraska workers’ compensation benefits.
Workers’ Compensation Attorney For Essential Workers
Unlike many of us who are working in the safety and comfort of our homes, essential workers have been critical to maintaining public health and infrastructure since the pandemic began. Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O. helps sick or injured workers secure workers’ compensation benefits that are crucial to their livelihood. Led by attorney David Handley, our legal team is here to help. If you contracted COVID, another illness, or sustained an injury you believe happened at work, call our office at 402-234-8787 or share your story here.
Also, please download David’s free workers’ compensation ebook that provides important information if you are injured on the job.
Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Law
Under state statute, workers’ compensation insurance provides benefits to employees who have suffered injuries while on the job or those diagnosed with an occupational disease. Generally, a disease that affects the general public is not covered under workers’ compensation in Nebraska. According to law, the plaintiff has the burden to prove that he or she was exposed to a disease in the course of their employment, and that the disease has caused a disability.
Because of the way the law is written, many essential workers would likely have a difficult time proving they contracted COVID as a direct result of their job. Essential workers have families and personal lives, of course, and specific, job-related exposure could come into question. However, doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, paramedics and others who treat patients suffering from COVID-19 may be an exception. Healthcare providers are more likely to have a successful workers’ compensation claim than other frontline workers.
For example, a nurse who treats a patient with COVID might be eligible for work comp benefits if she also tests positive a short time later. There is a direct and specific link to her exposure and diagnosis.
If you believe you contracted COVID on the job, notify your employer and seek medical treatment immediately. And, if possible, reach out to David, our Nebraska workers’ compensation attorney.
David can review your claim to determine whether you can prove that you contracted COVID performing your job duties. He also will advise you on the likelihood of a successful workers’ compensation claim and next steps to take.
Stay safe. We’re here to help if we can.
About Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O.
Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., is not a high-volume law firm that only speaks with clients when it is absolutely necessary. For us, it’s personal. Our team works closely with our clients and their loved ones – not only so that we understand their challenges and concerns, but so we can tailor our approach to address those factors, aggressively pursue results, and secure peace of mind. Whether it is a workers’ compensation case, a personal injury claim, a medical malpractice case, or advocating for disability benefits, we work to protect our clients and make sure their rights are upheld.