In the perilous time of COVID-19, essential workers are forced to go into work or face unemployment. When you hear essential workes you might think of doctors or other medical staff, but we commonly do not think of people working in grocery stores or people making deliveries as “essential” but they fall under that heading. But what about keeping corporations keeping their employees safe? What about making sure the employees aren’t at risk for COVID-19 and infecting their families and loved ones? At the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach, our Los Angeles workers compensation lawyers want to talk about a California law designed to help workers who have contracted COVID-19 through their job.
When people would apply for workers compensation, there would have to be undeniable proof that the accident happened in the workplace. When dealing with something as invisible and insidious as COVID-19, proving that the infection occurred at work is nearly impossible. The onus is on the worker to show that it happened while at work.
Under the law that governor Newsome has signed, it will be assumed that the worker contracted COVID-19 on the job if there was an outbreak at the place of employment. The definition of an outbreak is: “when five or more employees contract the virus within a 14-day period at a workplace with five to 100 employees or when 5% of the employees contract the virus in that period at a worksite with more than 100 employees.”
Now employers will be quick to say that the employee contracted the virus not at work, but while somewhere else. They will attempt to discredit the employee and put the onus and blame on them. Employers will not be quick to accept this new law and many will need representation.
COVID-19 and other workplace injuries need to be addressed by the employer and workers compensation is the protection afforded under the law. At the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach, our Los Angeles workers compensation attorneys help families find restoration and compensation. We wish to speak to you immediately because the statute of limitations on a workers compensation filing is only two years.
Those who do not receive workers compensation have to contend with:
If somebody you love has been the victim of denied workers compensation in the Los Angeles area, please contact us immediately. Call as soon as possible because the statute of limitations on a workers compensation claim is only two years, and we know you do not want the time to expire before we can help. We will conduct a thorough investigation into your claim so we can secure the compensation you desperately need. This can include: