In this challenging time, dealing with legal issues may not be a top priority. Still, new questions and concerns related to the coronavirus and your employment will need to be addressed and resolved.
The following are a few examples of issues that could affect you in some way:
1. If your employer has you working at home via “telework” or otherwise, are you still covered by workers’ comp insurance if you get hurt?
2. What if you are exposed to the coronavirus as a result of your employment?
3. Will workers’ comp cover medical expenses related to the virus?
4. If you are on workers’ comp and supposed to look for light-duty jobs, how does this affect you? What kind of jobs do you have to accept?
5. What if you are exposed to the virus while you are looking for light-duty work?
6. What if you need medical care but can’t get it because providers are preparing for virus patients, and it’s too hard to get an appointment?
These are just a few of the questions that may come to mind for you or someone you know. There are no quick answers. You must contact an experienced lawyer when handling these types of matters. The Law Office of Darren Shoen is still providing free consultations. With proper social distancing, they may meet in person, by phone or video conferencing. Give them a call and let them help you in this challenging period for everyone.
The statements contained herein are for general information purposes only. This is NOT to be considered specific legal advice to your situation as Mr. Shoen would need to meet with you individually to ensure client confidentiality and would need additional information not provided in this article. This article does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please consult directly with an attorney for legal advice.