Will employees contracting Coronavirus (COVID-19) at work be able to apply for Workers’ Compensation benefits? The short answer is yes. The long answer is they can apply, and their claim may actually be approved much faster and more easily than ever before. The real question, and only time will tell, is whether those approved benefits will be subsequently stopped at any given point.
Massachusetts Bill HD.4949 has been proposed in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) because of the perilous and extensive impact COVID-19 may have on a variety of first responders, healthcare workers or any other workers deemed essential (i.e. Stop & Shop or other grocery store and pharmacy outlets). If passed, this bill would allow workers to claim workers’ compensation benefits and, make it easier for that claim to be accepted. In the current Workers’ Compensation environment, the burden of proof is placed on the injured or ill worker. The proposed bill changes the burden of proof from the worker to the insurer. The workers’ compensation insurance company would need to show sufficient evidence that the illness was NOT work-related. READ MORE