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COVID-19's Impact on Workers' Compensation

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The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all aspects of life. Workers' Compensation is no exception. In an effort to slow the spread of the disease, the following changes have been implemented by the Bureau of Workers' Compensation and Industrial Commission:

  • Premium payments due in March, April and May can be deferred until June 1, 2020.
  • The Industrial Commission is only holding hearings related to permanent total disability, temporary total disability or the termination of temporary total disability, wage loss, allowance and additional allowance.
  • Hearings are being conducted by telephone.
  • Injured workers currently receiving temporary total disability compensation can continue to receive benefits through April 30, 2020 without providing proof of continued disability (Medco-14).
  • Injured workers receiving wage loss benefits are not required to complete job searches through April 30, 2020.
  • Injured workers are not required to attend independent medical examinations and will not have their claim suspended for failure to attend an examination.

Employers are also concerned about employees contracting COVID-19. If an employee contracts COVID-19, it is unlikely to be allowed as a workers' compensation claim. The claim will only be allowed if the employment creates a hazard or risk of getting the disease in a greater degree and in a different manner than the general public.

As more and more employees begin working from home, there is also an increased risk of work-related injuries at home. If an injury occurs at home that is in the course of, and arises out of, employment activity, it could result in a workers' compensation claim.

The Workers' Compensation lawyers at Coolidge Wall will continue to monitor our clients' claims and make recommendations on claim management. Should you have a specific question about a claim, please contact us.

Disclaimer: The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation. We invite you to contact us and welcome your calls, letters and electronic mail.

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