Not everyone has the luxury of working from home. Schoolteachers, construction workers, medical professionals, food service workers, and other individuals are laboring tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We now know that there's a higher risk of COVID-19 spread the more closely you interact with others and the longer that interaction lasts. And since contracting the novel coronavirus can have serious consequences, it’s important to know what to you do if you get infected on the job.
Follow CDC Guidelines
The CDC has released guidelines for returning to work. These guidelines exist to help keep everyone safe and healthy.
According to the CDC, you should isolate if you have, or think that you might have, COVID-19. You should also contact your healthcare provider.
It’s possible to recover at home without treatment. But you should seek emergency medical care if you experience trouble breathing or any other serious symptoms.
Explore Your Legal Options
You shouldn’t have to deal with lost wages and hefty medical bills. If you were infected on the job, pursuing workers’ compensation could be your best option. It’s an insurance system that provides wage replacement and medical treatment for workers who are injured or become ill in the course of employment.
But there’s a catch. It may be difficult to prove that you contracted COVID-19 at work instead of somewhere else. A bill that would have shifted the burden of proof away from essential workers was defeated back in June.
Our attorneys can discuss your eligibility for workers’ compensation and help you build a strong claim. We can also answer questions about your rights to paid sick leave, medical leave, disability coverage, unemployment insurance, and more during the pandemic.
Talk To Our Lakewood Attorneys for Free
At the Frickey Law Firm, our workers’ compensation attorneys understand that this is an incredibly difficult time. We are here to explain your options and fight for your rights.
If you think that you were infected with the novel coronavirus at work, call us at 303-237-7373 for a complimentary consultation. We serve Lakewood, Denver, Boulder, and nearby areas of Colorado.