How the Coronavirus Impacts YOU COVID-19 and Your Rights
As I write this, many of us are adjusting to working remotely or managing our children’s online education. If you have a case in addition to these responsibilities, you might wonder nervously how COVID-19 will affect it. Additionally, workers’ compensation laws are shifting for essential workers. So, to ease some of your concerns in this uncertain time, here is a breakdown of how the virus is affecting our judicial system. First, Georgia’s court system is pushing cases back until the 10-person- per-room limit lifts. While there has been discussion about using online conferencing services like Skype, nothing is set in stone. So, if you have a court date within the next few weeks, reach out to our office to see if your case has been delayed. Also, be aware that state hospitals are restricting elective surgeries as they’re making room for COVID-19 patients. Elective surgery is defined as a medically necessary surgery that can wait 24 hours. So, if you have a treatment scheduled within the next month, call your primary care physician to confirm whether or not your appointment still stands. If you’re an essential worker in these unique times, you need to know how your workers’ compensation rights are affected. An essential worker is someone who does a job required to maintain the vital functions of our community or country, like grocery store staff, delivery drivers, bankers, construction workers, chefs, and first responders. So, if you’re a victim of COVID-19 and suspect work exposure, your workers’ “Your workers’ compensation case needs to clearly connect exposure and serious illness to your workplace or duties. If you’re filing the case on behalf of a loved one, the only standing you would have is if they died from the illness as a result of workplace exposure.”
compensation case needs to clearly connect exposure and serious illness to your workplace or duties. If you’re filing the case on behalf of a loved one, the only standing you would have is if they died from the illness as a result of workplace exposure. During quarantine, many companies ask essential staff to help any way they can, which includes reducing their hours or working overtime. While we’re all in this together, it’s important you know your worth and your compensation rights. The state requires businesses to pay employees their hourly rate plus 50% for any overtime. If your employer doesn’t pay overtime or unfairly reduces your hours, you may have a wage and hour claim, which ensures workers are fairly compensated. If you have any questions or concerns about your case, never hesitate to reach out. I want to ensure you’re thinking about your loved ones right now, not losing sleep over your legal issues. We can work together to make sure you’re fairly compensated during this difficult time. Call us at 478-742-3381 or visit our website at MannInjuryLaw.com .
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