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Can Coronavirus Become a Workers' Compensation Claim?

Yes, if an employee contracts COVID-19 after being in close contact with a party infected with the virus during employment, employers may be responsible. Below are some examples where employees may be eligible for workers' compensation coverage:


  • Employees who contract the virus during a business trip to a location where they are directly exposed to the illness/disease.
  • Employees who contract the virus at work by an coworker that tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Employees who contract the virus after being required to work in a location with infected parties.


How to Protect Your Workers from Illness/Disease

The following actions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. Visit the CDC website for more information.


  • Ensure Sick Employees Stay Home
  • Be Flexible with Sick Leave Policies
  • Educate Employees
  • Keep Tissues, Hand Sanitizer, Soap and Water Stocked
  • Perform Routine Cleaning
  • Take Steps Before Employees Travel