Workers Compensation for COVID-19The COVID-19 coronavirus is an emerging and constantly evolving public health crisis. In March 2020, when the virus showed up and began to take root in the United States, New York City and its surrounding areas were some of the places where the bug hit hardest, triggering shutdowns of schools, restaurants, and some businesses. 

Though much is still unknown about COVID-19, one thing is certain: it's taking a toll on businesses and workers across the country. While some workers find themselves suddenly unemployed, others are working tirelessly on the front lines in the fight against the coronavirus. Sadly, some of these workers may end up coming down with the virus themselves.

Receiving Workers' Compensation Benefits for Coronavirus

If you contracted the virus at work doing something that was related to the course and scope of your employment, you could potentially be entitled to workers' compensation benefits—if you can prove the illness was directly related to your occupation. For example, doctors, nurses, home health aides, and other medical personnel who contracted COVID-19 after caring for infected patients may have grounds for a New York workers' compensation claim. The New York Times identified workers with the greatest coronavirus risk as home health aides, CNAs, nurses, doctors, police officers, paramedics, firefighters, teachers, cashiers, and janitors due to the fact that they are frequently in close proximity with a large number of other people.

If you contracted COVID-19 in the workplace or while on a business trip, you may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits such as medical treatment, lost wages, and disability payments. If your loved one was a front line worker who contracted the virus on the job and succumbed to it, your family may be entitled to workers' compensation death benefits.

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Mary Ellen O'Connor
Leading attorney for workers’ compensation and Social Security disability benefits claims in New York.
As of today 3/25/2020 114 people have now tested positive for the COVID-19 at Rikers Island. The numbers have DOUBLE since yesterday ( 75 incarcerated inmates and 39 staffs ). Sadly to forecast, we are anticipated massive deaths, funerals and possible law suits against the City as well as the Department, among other claims, negligence. God bless America !!!!!
by Lawrence J. March 25, 2020 at 10:51 PM
Not only lack of safety plan and proper personal protective equipment for staffs and officers by allowing inter facility inmat transferring among other facilities is another way to encourage virus spreading on the facilities and on the island, this practice must cease immediately before serious forseeable jail outbreak and cause eventually lock down.
by Lawrence J. March 24, 2020 at 07:21 AM
by David Vargas March 23, 2020 at 08:11 PM
by Ahmed Cameron March 23, 2020 at 08:04 PM
The NYC Dept of corrections...doesn't have a safety plan put in place ...almost no plan of direction and even less safety equipment. We are going into work poorly equipped.
by MacArthur Johnson March 20, 2020 at 05:53 AM
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