Workers' compensation law, also known as workman's compensation law, is designed to provide employees with financial support and medical treatment in the event of an on-the-job injury or illness. The laws governing workers' compensation are complex and ever-evolving. Here are a few new advances that you may want to discuss with a worker's compensation lawyer.
COVID-19 Related Claims
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted workers' compensation law. As a result, many states have adopted or are considering legislation that would create a presumption that certain workers who contract COVID-19 did so on the job. This means that workers who are essential and who have contracted COVID-19 while performing their job duties may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits.
Mental Health Claims
Mental health claims are becoming more prevalent in workers' compensation cases. Mental health claims can include conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety. These conditions can be the result of a single traumatic event or can develop over time due to work-related stress. Workers' compensation laws are starting to recognize mental health claims, and some states have enacted legislation that provides benefits for these types of claims.
Drug and Alcohol Testing
Many states have laws that allow employers to drug and alcohol test employees after a workplace accident. The purpose of this testing is to determine if the employee was impaired at the time of the accident. However, workers' compensation laws are starting to provide more protection for employees who test positive for drugs or alcohol. Some states require that the employer prove that the employee was actually impaired at the time of the accident and that the impairment caused the accident.
Telemedicine is the use of technology to provide medical services remotely. This technology has become more prevalent in the medical field due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Workers' compensation laws are starting to recognize telemedicine as a legitimate medical service. This means that injured workers can receive medical treatment from a healthcare provider through video conferencing or other remote technologies.
Workers' compensation laws are continually evolving to adapt to changes in the workplace and society. If you have been injured physically or mentally at work, or contracted Covid-19 you need to contact a worker's compensation lawyer. You may not realize you qualify for the benefits. Lawyers stay informed of the new developments in the law to ensure that you receive the benefits you're entitled to.
Contact a local workers' compensation lawyer to learn more.