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The coronavirus epidemic has quickly spread through the United States and has likely changed our way of life for the foreseeable future. Workers that are considered essential have been faced with operating in a number of jobs that increase their risk of contracting the virus. Unfortunately, some employers are not acting responsibly when it comes to protecting their employees from exposure to the virus. If you or a family member contracted coronavirus due to negligence of an employer, contact an experienced Fayetteville workers’ compensation lawyer for COVID-19 claims.
Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law, is committed to providing you with the legal representation you deserve to pursue compensation after being exposed to the coronavirus at the workplace. Our firm understands how a coronavirus diagnosis can substantially impact a person’s life, and we are ready to fight for you. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your potential claim, contact Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law, at (479) 316-0438. You may also contact the firm online.
COVID-19 Dangers Posed to Fayetteville Essential Workers
There are over 2,000,000 million confirmed cases of coronavirus throughout the world. At the time of this article, there are over 617,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States. Out of this number, it has been reported that nearly 50,000 people have recovered, while over 25,000 people have succumbed to the virus.
To curtail any further spread of the virus, each state has mandated stay-at-home orders for residents. Non-essential businesses have been instructed to cease operations that require human-to-human contact indefinitely. However, there are still a number of essential entities like hospitals and grocery stores that must remain open for the benefit of the public. That is why it is necessary that business owners provide employees with the tools they need to work during this pandemic.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the coronavirus is often spread through respiratory droplets that are produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. When this happens, the droplets can travel roughly six feet and land in the mouth or nose of another and infect them. It is important to note that scientists are still disputing whether the virus can travel farther than six feet. There is also evidence that shows that the coronavirus can last on surfaces for a number of hours.
With the many ways that critical workers can be infected with COVID-19, it is vital that employers provide workers with sufficient personal protective equipment. For example, if a grocery store worker must engage with customers, they should be provided with masks, gloves, and other equipment that can protect them from being infected. However, some employers have failed to provide their workers with adequate equipment. Some workers may be forced to wear the same gloves for the duration of their shift, while others may be forced to create or personal purchase masks to avoid being infected.
If your employer failed to take precautions to keep you from contracting COVID-19, you might have a valid claim for workers’ compensation benefits. To learn more about filing for workers’ compensation after testing positive for COVID-19, you should continue reading and speak with an experienced Fayetteville injury attorney today.
Proving a Workers’ Compensation Claim After Testing Positive for COVID-19
Testing positive for COVID-19 can place a tremendous burden on a person. If an infected individual is asymptomatic, they will still have to quarantine away from family members. This can be extremely difficult if they share a household with other family members. Additionally, if you show symptoms of the virus, you may have to remain in a hospital alone for multiple days while fighting off the virus. A worker should not have to bear the burden caused by contracting this deadly virus due to the negligent actions of an employer.
If you contracted coronavirus while performing an essential service, you should consider filing a workers’ compensation claim against your employer. A worker can successfully file for workers’ compensation benefits if they suffered a work-related injury. For example, if a worker contracted coronavirus due to caring for an infected patient, they would be entitled to receive compensation for their infection.
It is important to note that injuries that occur outside of the workplace cannot be used to support a claim for workers’ compensation. For example, if a person was injured on a commute to work, this is not considered a work-related injury.
Our firm understands the difficulty of proving that a worker was infected with the coronavirus at their workplace, and we are here for you. There are a number of ways that could help a worker prove that their coronavirus diagnosis was the fault of their employer. For example, if your coworker was infected with the virus, there is an increased risk that contact with them exposed you to the virus
Our firm is here to speak with you about your legal options for receiving workers’ compensation after contracting coronavirus.
Work with an Experienced Fayetteville COVID-19 Workers Compensation Claim Attorney
If you or a family member contracted COVID-19 due to the actions of an employer, consult with an experienced Fayetteville workers’ compensation attorney for COVID-19 claims. Workers’ compensation attorney Ken Kieklak has represented injured workers for over 20 years, and he would be proud to use his experience to fight for you. To schedule a free case evaluation to discuss your potential claim, contact Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law, at (479) 316-0438.