The New York Workers’ Compensation Board recently introduced webinars to educate those who believe they were exposed to the coronavirus on the job.
Governor Kathy Hochul announced that employees should understand their rights when considering the lasting effects of COVID-19. This includes an individual’s well-being, health and earning capability.
COVID-19 in the workplace
Questions continue to arise about how employee rights are affected when they contract the coronavirus at work. If you missed time from work and struggle with your recovery from COVID-19, filing a workers’ compensation claim may be the best thing to do.
Post-COVID conditions can continue to affect your physical and mental health after the virus runs its course. Lingering challenges may include:
- Brain fog
- Heartbeat irregularities
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests some symptoms may worsen after activity. If you continue to struggle with regaining your full earning potential, work with your provider to develop a comprehensive treatment plan.
The benefits you need
Filing a workers’ compensation claim doesn’t guarantee you’ll receive benefits. However, you have the right to explore your options if you believe you came into contact with the coronavirus on the job.
Claim approval may include lost wages and medical care expenses. Conditions that result from COVID-19 may also factor into your total benefits.
Time will tell how many workers will take advantage of the online educational resources provided by the Workers’ Compensation Board.
You likely agree that you deserve to get the help you’re legally allowed. Educating yourself about the options available can help you understand how to recover from the effects of COVID-19.