Teachers may be entitled to benefits for COVID-19.Potentially. New York workers' compensation is a no-fault insurance system that compensates workers who are injured on the job or diagnosed with an occupational illness. COVID-19 may be compensable as an occupational illness if you can prove that you contracted the virus after being exposed in the workplace.

As students and teachers return to the classroom, many of our educators are at risk of contracting the novel coronavirus. If you were diagnosed with COVID-19 after an outbreak at your school, you may be entitled to workers' comp benefits such as medical treatment, indemnity payments, and death benefits for your surviving family members. 

Though workers' compensation benefits for coronavirus aren't necessarily guaranteed, there is precedent for New York awarding workers' compensation benefits to teachers during an epidemic. For example, in 1961, a New York appeals court upheld workers' compensation benefits awarded to a first-grade teacher who contracted mumps after exposure in the classroom and went on to develop encephalitis.

However, as the pandemic is an evolving situation—both medically and legally—you'll need an exceptionally skilled team of workers' compensation attorneys to fight for the benefits you deserve. Fortunately, you've come to the right law firm. At O'Connor Law PLLC, our knowledgeable and experienced New York workers' compensation attorneys help injured workers protect their rights and collect fair benefits. We may be able to do the same for you.

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The coronavirus pandemic has changed so much about life in America, but one thing that hasn't changed is how much our communities rely on teachers. Unfortunately, when being “essential” means putting yourself at risk of serious illness, the results can be devastating. We're here to help you through this difficult and uncertain time. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation.

Mary Ellen O'Connor
Leading attorney for workers’ compensation and Social Security disability benefits claims in New York.