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May 7, 2020 | Gary Burger

Can I Sue My Employer If I Get Coronavirus As an Essential Employee?

As of April 30th, 2020, more than 1,094,800 people have contracted coronavirus in the U.S. and at least 64,100 have died. If you were infected with coronavirus on the job due to an employer's failure to adhere to the CDC's COVI9-19 safety regulations, you can sue your employer for negligence.

In this FAQ, our attorneys discuss what you should do if you get coronavirus because of an employer, what damages you can recover, and what you can do to protect yourself from getting coronavirus as an essential employee.

What Should I Do If I Get Coronavirus Because of My Job?

There is much to uncover about the coronavirus, but one thing that research has found is that the virus spreads easiest via touch and close proximity with someone that is a carrier. Many people have self-quarantined during the pandemic and are working remotely, but there are thousands of essential employees still going to work as usual. There have been many cases of employees becoming infected with coronavirus, but who is eligible to sue for compensation?

First and foremost, if you test positive for coronavirus, you should immediately self-quarantine and alert your employer. Then, if you're considering filing a worker's compensation claim against your employer, you need to speak with an attorney. Worker's compensation is only awarded to workers who become injured or sick while performing the duties of their job. Therefore, to sue an employer for coronavirus and receive workers compensation, you need to prove that the virus was contracted at work.

For example, if you are a nurse, doctor, or public service worker, you need to prove that you came into contact with a sick patient or individual while on the job, and prove that it was the result of your employer's negligence. For example, if, as a medical employee, the hospital you work for didn't provide masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, or other safety equipment while treating sick patients and you became infected with coronavirus as a result.

COVID-19 Workers Compensation Claims

If you have been infected with coronavirus while doing your job, you need to speak to an experienced workers compensation attorney immediately. An attorney can review your case, gather evidence that proves that you became infected with coronavirus due to your employer's negligence, and make sure that you have a strong COVID-19 workers compensation claim.

Burger Law is diligent in fighting for the recoveries of workers compensation victims and can make sure that you receive adequate compensation for damages caused by an employer's negligence. Our attorneys promise to be by your side throughout the recovery process of your COVID-19 worker's compensation claim, and will answer any questions that you might have about your case. To schedule a free consultation with Burger Law and discuss whether you can sue your employer after getting coronavirus at work, call 314-542-2222 or 618-272-2222 now.