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How Will Coronavirus Affect My Workers’ Compensation Claim?

workers in row with masksThere seem to be so many unknowns with the coronavirus and the public health and economic crisis it has created. People have a lot of questions about what government and business services are still available, including benefits like workers’ compensation.

Those who were in the middle of a claim when the pandemic began or have been injured amid the government and business slowdown should consider discussing the situation with a licensed attorney.

The Bakersfield workers’ compensation attorneys a Berry, Smith & Bartell are ready to discuss your claim in a free consultation. We have more than 60 years of combined experience and track record of success in California workers’ compensation claims.

Could My Claim be Delayed?

Workers’ compensation claims administrators must decide within a reasonable amount of time whether to accept or deny a claim. When claimants do not hear anything for 90 days from the filing of their claim, they can consider it to be accepted.

It is possible things may take longer than they normally would. Insurance companies may have required their employees to work from home, which could result in longer claim processing times.

It is important to start the process as soon as possible. The sooner you start, the sooner you should receive benefits if your claim is accepted. Delays on your part could raise questions about the validity of your claim and cause the process to drag out longer than it otherwise would have.  

No matter how long you have been waiting, it is never too late to contact an attorney to find out how he or she could help you.

Does Workers’ Compensation Cover the Coronavirus?

The short answer is yes, the Department of Labor and Workforce Development website says as much. However, this is a complicated question because you can contract coronavirus outside of work. It may be very difficult to prove a work-related task caused you to be exposed to coronavirus.

If you work in a job with a higher risk for contracting coronavirus, such as a job providing health care, it may be easier to establish a link between your injury and your job.

If you have questions about this issue, you or a loved one should contact our firm right away. We can explain your options and how we may be able to assist you.

Symptoms of the coronavirus include fever, cough, sore throat or stuffy nose. If you develop these symptoms, contact your health care provider. If you are having trouble breathing, you need immediate medical attention.

What if Your Employer Goes Bankrupt?

The economic slowdown has done tremendous damage to businesses large and small. This may include your employer and/or its workers’ compensation insurance company. Fortunately, California has contingencies in place for these situations, including an employer or insurance company going bankrupt.

Have Questions on the Coronavirus and Your Claim? Call for a Free Case Review

Our number one priority is the health and safety of our clients. You can make use of our services without the need for a face-to-face meeting, this includes the initial consultation, signing your case and the other steps in the process.

You can contact us by phone anytime, as well as complete a case evaluation form at your convenience or do a live chat. Your consultation comes with no obligation, so there is no risk to you.

Call today to find out how we may be able to assist you. 

For a free case evaluation with Berry, Smith & Bartell, a Professional Law Corporation call 1-800-848-6288 today!

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