Yes, if you are working at home (remotely) and injure yourself while working, your case could be compensable under the Worker’s Compensation Act. In order for an injury to be covered by workers’ compensation for an accident at home, you must prove that the accident and injury arose out of and in the course of employment.
While much of America’s workforce is working remotely from home or are unemployed, there are numerous workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes firefighters, law enforcement officers, first responders, health care workers and many workers in the food distribution chain. If you are one of these workers and do contract COVID-19, do you have a compensable workers’ compensation claim against your employer for wage loss and medical bills?
Our lawyers not only represent injured workers throughout Virginia, but we also do our best to keep track of and educate legislators on workers' compensation issues. For that reason, we were recently interviewed by Work Comp Central - a national syndicated blog on workers' compensation - regarding the recent Virginia election and its possible impact on workers' compensation in Virginia.
In cases where our clients are severely brain injured, mentally impaired, physically incapable of caring for themselves or are minors, we consider utilizing a Special Needs Trust (SNT); particularly one that is a charitable Pooled trust like the one administered by Commonwealth Community Trust. This allows for the settlement money to be best protected and invested and also allows preservation of certain other claims to maximize the overall financial benefit to our clients . The podcast here explains the process and rationale for using such a SNT
A crush injury is caused when part or all of a worker’s body becomes pinned between two objects. These types of injuries are unfortunately very common in the construction industry. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) lists them among the top four causes of death for construction workers. Construction workers who are involved in crush accidents often face severe injuries and are unable to work for a period of time, if not permanently.
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