What happens if you get COVID at work?
If you are injured or contract a disease during the course of your employment, generally you can be entitled to make a claim for workers compensation to cover lost wages and medical and rehabilitation expenses. So what happens when the disease you have contracted is COVID-19?
Can you make a claim?
In some circumstances, contracting COVID may be a compensable workplace injury. if you are exposed to and later contract the virus at work you may have an entitlement to claim lost wages and medical expenses. However, it can be difficult to determine how and when you contracted the virus.
What are your employers responsibilities?
Employers have a duty to ensure the health and safety of their employees and need to undertake a risk assessment when sending works into high risk environments. Your employer where possible should put in place control measures to eliminate or minimise the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.
In addition to the risk of contracting COVID-19 employers must be aware of the risks of the mental health implications of working from home. There are increased psychological risks for employees working from home and employers have a duty to minimise those risk even when working from home.
How can Chamberlains help?
At Chamberlains we can provide assistance if you have contracted COVID-19 during the course of your employment or if you have suffered a psychological injury while working from home. There are time limits that apply to workers compensation claims which can affect your access to entitlements to we recommend speaking to us as soon as possible to we can help you on the way.