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1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Indiana on
Q: I contracted covid-19 December 2020 and have had continued complications from the virus. Am I eligible for worker's com?

I contracted the virus at work, kroger. I am still having complications from the virus and unable to work. I was advised I might be eligible for worker's comp.

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Aug 19, 2021

Probably not. You are neither a healthcare worker nor a first responder. Hundreds of thousands of people have contracted this virus which is to say that the likelihood of PROVING your exposure to be work-related is very low. Moreover, Workers' Compensation has express exceptions within the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for New York on
Q: I got covid in January at work a coworker was sick and told management but they didn’t inform us I’m still sick.Help

Management didn’t inform the workers and I got sick . I’m still suffering from fatigue, headaches , hair thinning, teeth cracking and joint weakness I haven’t been able to get back to work fully I work once every two weeks because I get exhausted in the stores and can’t keep up. If I... Read more »

V. Jonas Urba
V. Jonas Urba answered on Aug 6, 2021

Consult with a workers compensation lawyer immediately. Although it may be difficult to pinpoint where you contracted COVID, a skilled workers compensation lawyer might be able to tie it to your workplace. Good luck. Alternatively, if you have disabling conditions, ask your doctor about... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation and Elder Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: This is extremely complicated and Covid related. At beginning of pandemic all persons over 60 laid off for months

Upon returning - we were required to disinfect all areas between patients with new disinfectants, masks and shields. By afternoon this had me vomiting violently. Sent home on many occasions suspected of infection. Occupational Medicine would not see me. I was consistently approved for time off... Read more »

Timothy Belt
Timothy Belt answered on May 11, 2021

That is indeed a complicated set of facts. It sounds like your doctor has indicated your condition is related to a work related chemical exposure. As such, this may be considered a work injury. If you have not already provided notice to your employer of a work injury, you have 120 days from the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for New York on
Q: if on STD and HR calls and says someone one saw you at the hotel you stay at while working is that legal? I had a stroke

Called once to see how I was than immediately called back stating someone saw me and explain

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 27, 2021

It could depend on the timeline and the severity. And those are things that a physician, not an attorney, is qualified to speak about meaningfully. The fact that you were at a hotel, in and of itself, is not evidence of the absence of a disability. Your post remains open for two weeks. Consider... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: My friend's boss was covid positive last week Thursday, but he showed up to work today on Monday. He won't leave too.

How can she protect herself and her co-workers and does she have a legal case?

Ina Shtukar
Ina Shtukar answered on Feb 9, 2021

Interesting scenario! If your fried becomes sick (only if she becomes sick), she would probably have a cause of action under the workers' comp act. Many states now have a presumption for COVID, which makes it work related and compensable. However, based on the fact that the boss was aware of... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Arizona on
Q: Does my employer need to pay me a profit share after I left the company?

My employer promised my salary is $16 per hour plus 10% of net profits. However, my employment was terminated last week

I left this company was because I was exposed to someone with covid and I told my boss that I was not going to work just to keep everyone safe, then he said I abandoned my... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jan 26, 2021

In most circumstances, the payment of an employee's compensation cannot be dependent on the employer's satisfaction with job performance, you either earn it or not. However, bonuses are different. So this depends on whether your compensation of 10% is part of salary or a bonus. You... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for New York on
Q: Question about PUA

Hello! Would one of the following be enough proof of self employment to qualify for PUA (pandemic unemployment assistance) ? : a check I received for a private lesson I taught in November 2020, check I reveived for a photo session I did in December 2020. I am a self employed actor and photographer.... Read more »

V. Jonas Urba
V. Jonas Urba answered on Jan 10, 2021

The Department of Labor determines what proof you must provide. They can request more if it's not clear.

If you are denied benefits make sure to TIMELY request an administrative hearing before an ALJ. I think all hearings are telephonic. You can then compare your claim file with any...
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1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for South Carolina on
Q: Can I be fired for refusing to do cleaning I consider a hazmat job during this coronavirus atmosphere? (guest's vomit)

I am on Worker's Comp working 21 hours a week. My job is housekeeping and a guest threw up all over her room. During coronavirus I consider this a hazmat clean up. My boss says I have to do it. Can they LEGALLY fire me for refusing to do it? I honestly can not, physically, bend and do this... Read more »

Jeffrey David Morris
Jeffrey David Morris answered on Dec 3, 2020

In my opinion, they could possibly fire you so long as your work restrictions given by the treating physician were met when you were requested to perform this task. The coronavirus situation does not change the answer legally in my opinion. However, there is probably much more to the situation that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation on
Q: I don’t have anyone telling me when to take breaks. No one is tracking my times and I don’t take the breaks I’m suppose

To take. Can I sue my employer? I’m working during Covid taking temps.

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Jul 21, 2020

Your employer is not required to offer any designated break period during your shift. However, if you do have an unpaid break built into your schedule and you are unable to take these breaks because you're working through them, you should be paid for this time. Your employer is also... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Ohio on
Q: Can you sue employer for getting covid from not providing a safe workplace from recognizable hazards?

My fiances work had a covid exposure so everyone had to get tested. They made them return to work without seeing the results and more employees tested positive thus resulting in further exposure. Is this something that can be taken to court for those who test positive because the employer did not... Read more »

Hunter G. Cavell
Hunter G. Cavell answered on Jul 8, 2020

First, your fiance would need to test positive for COVID, or another employee would want to sue. In every lawsuit, you must prove the four following things: duty, breach, causation, and injury. Your fiance's employer has a duty to provide him with a safe workplace. The question will become if... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Massachusetts on
Q: Need help with work related injury !!!

i broke my middle toe moving some PT lumber by hand, happened the 26th, nothing was done at work, 27th too much pain, smoked recreational marijuana for pain, 28th woke up with toe black, went to work to show them i was going to ER, now they want statement and drug test, 36 hours after, its now 3rd... Read more »

Jeffrey Young
Jeffrey Young answered on Jun 3, 2020

It is not clear from your question if you have already been to an Emergency Room. If not, then you should go. If you have and they want you to see an orthopedic or podiatrist then you should call one and try to make an appointment. It is very difficult to see anyone now with the virus issues. They... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Maryland on
Q: Private Short Term Disability and Worker's Compensation Payments.


I contracted COVID-19 from my work as a Nurse. I stayed in bed for a week and then 18 days in the ICU. I am on home O2 Therapy for the present time as I continue to suffer from significant shortness of breath among other issues.

A Worker's compensation case has been... Read more »

Eric Todd Kirk
Eric Todd Kirk answered on May 31, 2020

You'd want to make sure that each of these providers -workers compensation and the two private disability insurers- are aware that you are receiving or have been approved for other benefits, and the amounts. The long-term effects of covid-19 are still under investigation may take years to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: Can I get fired for taking a paid leave?

I first received two weeks of paid leave by Lowe’s due to my asthma and the corona virus spreading. A week before my leave was ending I was contacted by my HR representative in seeing if I’m good to return or wish to extend my leave to two more weeks. I chose the extension and will now be back... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on May 3, 2020

Approval by corporate has no bearing. Whether terminating you for taking leave is unlawful depends on the reason for the leave. If your leave was because your doctor indicated you needed leave to address a medical issue, then the leave is legally protected and any retaliation directed at you for... Read more »

Q: What type of legal document do I need to file to request that a court ORDER Unemployment Agency to take paper Applicatio

I am from Illinois and I recently tried to file for unemployment due to COVID-19 by mailing a paper copy of the official IDES unemployment form(which I downloaded and printed from a PDF file on their website).

I received a call days later that they would not accept paper applications and... Read more »

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Apr 12, 2020

In general, an agency has the ability to promulgate administrative rules. If their refusal to accept a paper application effectively denied your benefits, it might be possible. Under the current circumstances where the majority of the population is under a stay-at-home order, nearly all government... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law, Workers' Compensation and Employment Discrimination for California on
Q: Is it stupid, legal or it makes sense and able to fight for it?

Hello, I'm a unarmed security guard for Allied Universal, I kick out homeless people and loiterers, the area where I work at is big and I happen to work with myself (no coworkers).

Now with a Covid-19 pandemic, when a transient gives me trouble, the police are unable to help me.... Read more »

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Mar 22, 2020

I think you have a more basic matter with which you should be concerned, which Mr. Pedersen did not address.

All people in the State of California have been ordered to stay home, unless you work in a field which is exempt from that order. Even if you "work alone", as you say, you...
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