Can you get workers’ comp for Ebola?
If you have contracted Ebola, might you be able to collect workers’ compensation benefits to cover the costs of lost wages and medical expenses? This is a relevant, yet currently hypothetical legal question introduced by an article on the Insurance Journal website.
In workers’ compensation cases, the work-related illness must have been contracted while on the job and, more specifically, be peculiar to the job. For instance, the illness commonly referred to as “black lung” is developed particularly due to the nature of a coal miner’s occupation. This is the feature of workers’ comp that may make it difficult for Ebola to qualify. Although no lawsuits have been taken to pursue this issue yet, it is likely that only healthcare workers who were forced to interact with the disease as part of their occupation would qualify for workers’ compensation.
Workplace accidents and illnesses can leave a worker with the financial burden of medical treatment and the cost of lost wages. Fortunately, the attorneys of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, may help you file for the workers’ compensation benefits you need to recover. Call our offices at (919) 851-3311 today to learn more.