Posted on Thursday, July 29th, 2021 at 2:56 pm
Workers Compensation Attorney Joe Miller reports on the features of the new Workers Compensation Law passed by the Virginia Legislature which has added COVID-19 as an occupational disease for health care workers who became sick from COVID-19 who were directly involved in the treatment or diagnosis of actual or suspected COVID-19 patients. The new law also covers certain categories of first responders. The law is RETROACTIVE to 3/12/20 for health care workers and to 7/1/20 for first responders. By adding COVID-19 as an enumerated occupational disease, it is now much easier for these categories of employees to bring a workers compensation occupational disease claim for illness from COVID-19. If you became ill from COVID-19 and you are either a health care worker or first responder, or if a loved one who is either a health care worker or first responder died from COVID-19, please do not hesitate to call us. You may have a significant claim and if you fit into the categories mentioned by the new law, there is now a PRESUMPTION that your COVID-19 came from your work duties. Kudos to the VA Legislature and all the Bill Sponsors for making this happen, it is long overdue!