Time Running Out for Workers Who Caught COVID on the Job
February 24, 2022
New York workers who may have caught COVID on the job in early 2020 are running out of time to file workers’ compensation cases as the two-year statute of limitations approaches.
But local labor attorneys representing both employers and workers say filing a successful workers’ compensation claim when it comes to COVID infections is challenging and has likely only gotten harder since the start of the pandemic.
Unlike straightforward injuries, like a fall or a back injury, COVID infection is harder to tie to one specific location — like a workplace — and that has become even more difficult since the economy and businesses began opening back up, Domenique Camacho Moran, a partner at Farrell Fritz in Uniondale, said Tuesday.
“The first sort of hurdle is answering, ‘Is this a workplace injury?’ ” Moran said.
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