Anchorage, AK asked in Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation and Health Care Law for Alaska

Q: Can I sue for improver covid isolation and obligated to return to work being covid positive? I'm not feelin well.

I work for a cannery in Alaska 16hrs shifts, they provide food and room. They hire us from out of state. I tested positive last month and this month again due to a roommate having covid. I have chest pain and can't return to work and I still have covid. tested positive three days ago. I asked to get a flight reimbursement and room fare back but they just pushing me out back to California being covid positive. Please help

1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
Answered

A: This is something that an experienced workers' comp attorney should advise on, but your question remains open for two weeks. COVID has introduced new issues in the workers' comp sector, so it would be best for you to reach to an experienced attorney. Many law firms in this field offer free initial consults, but that's something between you and the firm.

You could also check with the attorney if your work in any way introduces a basis for any other laws involving maritime workers, either in their connection with a vessel or work on navigable waters. Based on what you describe, there does not appear to be such a basis, but that could be something for an experienced attorney to ascertain. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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