We are all struggling through an unprecedented time due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This global pandemic has infected thousands, and forced the sheltering of millions and closure of businesses across the world (including our offices). In Pennsylvania, hundreds have already been infected, with experts predicting the spread to get worse, before it gets better.
This condition attacks the respiratory system, and can cause grave bodily harm, especially in those particularly vulnerable. Disability, and death, can result from this condition.
We have started to receive telephone calls on whether being infected with COVID-19 can be a “work injury” under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. The short answer is yes, potentially, such an infection could be considered a “work injury” in PA. Basically, the typical analysis we use for any potential workers’ comp case would be applied in this type of case.