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Workers' Comp for Essential Workers Who Contract COVID-19

Under New Jersey Law, it is not necessary for essential workers who developed COVID-19 to prove how it was that they contracted the virus. Instead, there is a legal presumption that any essential worker who contracted the virus, and worked with the public, contracted it through work and are therefore eligible for Workers Compensation benefits. These benefits can include payment of medical expenses, reimbursement for lost wages, and compensation based upon degree of disability. Should an essential worker have passed away from COVID-19, there are also long-term survivor benefits available for their families.

Essential workers include not just emergency and healthcare workers, but also grocery and retail workers, transportation and delivery personnel, workers in the restaurant and service industry, and others who provided needed goods, services or assistance to the public during the pandemic.

You may be entitled to benefits if:

  1. You are an essential worker who contracted COVID-19; or
  2. You are the surviving family member of an essential worker who died as a result of COVID-19.

Thanks to legislation passed by the efforts of advocates like Partner Rich Marcolus, New Jersey has a legal presumption that an essential worker’s contraction of COVID-19 is work related, thereby entitling them to benefits. New Jersey has a broad definition of “essential worker” and many workers quality.

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Who Qualifies As an Essential Worker?

The law broadly defines “essential worker” as:

  1. An employee considered essential in emergency response and recovery operations; or
  2. A public or private employee with duties and responsibilities essential to public health, safety, and welfare.

This broad definition means many different types of essential workers may qualify for benefits after contracting COVID-19. Some examples include:

  • Public safety workers / first responders such as firefighters, police, EMTs, and other emergency service workers.
  • Health care providers and employees who provide emergency transportation, social services, and other care services in health care facilities or homes.
  • Employees who work in physical proximity to the public and are essential to public health, safety, and welfare, such as workers in transportation, hotels and hospitality, residential services, financial services, and the production, preparation, storage, sale, and distribution of essential goods such as food, beverages, medicine, fuel, and supplies for conducting essential business and work at home; or
  • Other persons deemed essential workers by the authority declaring the state of emergency.

If you are unsure if you qualify as an essential worker under New Jersey workers’ compensation laws, Levinson Axelrod, P.A. can evaluate your case, job duties, and eligibility for benefits.

Leaders in Essential Workers COVID Exposure Cases

Levinson Axelrod, P.A., is a leader in litigating occupational exposure cases related to workers’ compensation and COVID-19:

  • We helped pass the state’s essential worker COVID-19 presumption law.
  • We won New Jersey’s first court order awarding workers’ compensation to an essential worker.
  • We’ve handled some of the first occupational exposure cases arising from the pandemic.

In addition to helping pass the state’s COVID-19 presumption law, our firm secured benefits for a corrections officer who contracted the coronavirus in what is believed to be the first court order in New Jersey awarding workers’ compensation benefits to an essential worker.

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