While many non-essential businesses in Florida have been forced to close as COVID-19 cases continue to rise daily, there are still individuals who are expected to report to work—police and first responders. While police officers, as well as first responders, are aware of the risk they are taking by showing up to work each day, many are happy to learn that they will be able to obtain workers’ compensation benefits if they contract the COVID-19 virus while on the job. Although many were unsure as to whether workers’ comp would cover a claim filed due to COVID-19, CBS Miami recently reported that police and first responders who are affected by the virus should be covered by workers’ comp.
According to Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association President Jeff Bell, as long as an officer or first responder can prove that they contracted the virus while on duty, their claim should be accepted. The source says that four BSO deputies recently tested positive for COVID-19 and will likely file claims. Bell also explained that the details on who qualifies for workers’ comp would be sorted out later, but he intends on fighting for “every single deputy if they are sick on duty.”
If you contracted COVID-19 while on the job in Miami, FL and need help getting your claim filed or understanding your rights, the workers’ compensation attorneys at Mario Trespalacios P.A. are ready to discuss this with you.
What benefits does workers’ comp in Florida provide?
When a worker in Florida suffers an injury or illness while on the job and they are eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits, they can file a claim with their employer’s insurer and receive medical benefits as well as partial wage replacement benefits. Once a claim is filed and your employer’s insurer has determined that your injury or illness is covered, the company will pay for all authorized medical care and treatment related to your injury or illness.
In the event your injury or illness has resulted in your being unable to work, you may also recover wage replacement benefits if you have been out of work for more than seven days and “are not able to perform your normal job duties as advised by your authorized doctor.” If you are eligible to receive wage replacement benefits, you will be provided with a portion of what you normally would receive while working.
Now, if you have questions regarding filing a workers’ comp claim related to a COVID-19 illness, don’t wait to contact the Miami, FL workers’ compensation attorneys at Mario Trespalacios P.A.
Mario Trespalacios P.A. can be contacted at:
9495 SW 72 Street, Suite B-275
Miami, FL 33173