The medical industry is one of the most challenging fields to work in. Healthcare workers provide care to sick and dying patients, day in and day out, and in doing so, they put themselves at risk of getting sick. Especially if the hospital that they are employed with fails to provide protective equipment during the COVID-19 outbreak.
According to U.S. News, as of early April, 2020, a total of 1,119 health care workers have been infected with coronavirus. But, what happens if a nurse gets coronavirus while caring for patients? Can a nurse file a coronavirus workers compensation lawsuit against a hospital? Consult our COVID-19 workers compensation attorneys today.
Occupational Illnesses | COVID-19 Workers Compensation Attorneys
Workers compensation protects employees that become sick or injured on the job or due to an employer’s negligence. Some workers’ compensation statutes provide coverage for occupational illnesses, but others do not. In statutes that do consider occupational illnesses eligible for worker’s compensation, employees must prove that the injury occurred during the course of employment. For example, healthcare workers that become injured or sick on the job are typically eligible to file worker’s compensation claims. But in regards to getting coronavirus at work, recovery options vary from state to state and is considered on a case-by-case basis.
Can You Sue a Hospital If You Get Coronavirus as a Nurse?
As more and more healthcare workers are becoming infected with coronavirus, many are concerned about whether hospitals are strictly adhering to COVID-19 prevention measures and wondering what to do if you get coronavirus on the job. The CDC has published COVID-19 safety regulations for hospitals, but reports have surfaced that some hospitals aren’t implementing prevention measures and medical personnel are getting sick.
If you became infected with coronavirus as a nurse, and the hospital didn’t provide you with masks, gloves, sanitizer, and other prevention equipment, you can file a workers compensation claim. To file a coronavirus workers compensation claim against a hospital, you need to speak with an experienced attorney immediately about your case. Then, if an attorney decides that you have a case, they can help you gather proof of employment, evidence of your employer’s negligence, and proof of out-of-pocket expenses caused by the virus. Most workers compensation claims can recover damages such as medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages, but when dealing with a large party, such as a hospital, it’s crucial to have an experienced attorney handle your case.
Burger Law aggressively fights for employees injured due to an employer’s negligence and is ready to recover compensation for your worker’s compensation claim. Our worker’s compensation attorneys have negotiated fair settlements for many types of cases and will be by your side throughout the recovery process for your claim. To schedule a free consultation, call 314-542-2222 or 618-272-2222 now. Burger Law is here to help during this challenging time.