The coronavirus has taken the nation by storm, and if you are someone in South Carolina who has contracted the coronavirus while on the job, you are most likely looking to file a workers’ compensation claim. Please continue reading and speak with AllianceMeds to learn more about workers’ compensation claims for coronavirus in South Carolina.
How to Receive Workers’ Compensation for COVID-19 in South Carolina
- The greater the risk of exposure, the strong the case you will have. Certain workers on the frontlines, such as healthcare workers or essential workers in supermarkets are at a far greater risk of contracting COVID-19. That being said, if you are someone working on the frontlines and you contracted the coronavirus, you will have a far greater chance of proving that you contracted the virus while on the job.
- Filing a workers’ compensation claim is not the same as suing your employer. If you file a workers’ compensation claim, you are essentially stating that you incurred an illness on the job. You do not have to establish fault, as this is not a personal injury claim. Nearly all employers in South Carolina carry workers’ compensation insurance, and if you believe you became ill due to coming in contact with the virus on the job, you will most likely have a valid workers’ compensation claim.
- Workers’ compensation will cover lost wages and medical bills. In South Carolina, once you receive workers’ compensation, it can be used to pay up to two-thirds of your paycheck until you recover and can return to work. Workers’ compensation should also cover the cost of your medical bills.
- Your employer cannot fire you for filing a workers’ compensation claim. In fact, if you can prove that your employer retaliated against you in some way, your employer may be held civilly liable.
- The more evidence/documentation you have, the better your chances of winning your claim. You will have to prove the conditions you were working under, such as whether you worked with someone who had COVID-19. You should also inform your employer that you plan on filing your claim as soon as you become ill. Produce any other evidence that may help prove your claim as well, such as medical documents.
If you have become the victim of an on the job injury, it may be beneficial to speak with an attorney and the doctor that is treating you to determine how to make the process as easy as possible. AllianceMeds understands that a workplace accident can be challenging and is here to help. We will deliver your medication to your door using overnight delivery and cover any out of pocket expenses that may arise. If you have any questions about how we can help, contact AllianceMeds today.