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Is the Coronavirus covered by Workers Comp? With the confirmation of coronavirus (COVID-19) on the East Coast, both employers and employees are scrambling to learn how to protect themselves medically and legally. In this article, we will address such concerns by answering these questions: 

Can Employees File a Workers’ Comp Claim for Coronavirus? 

Yes, under certain circumstances. A workers’ comp claim can be filed if an employee contracts coronavirus during the course and scope of employment, and it can be proven. Here are some medium to high-risk examples where an employer may be responsible: 

However, at this time, most work conditions in the United States are considered low risk. If the virus continues to spread in the United States, liability coverage might change. As of now, there is still some gray area as to what will be and won’t be covered. This gray area exists because there is a lack of precedence when it comes to pandemics in the US If the coronavirus becomes worse than the swine flu, then Workers’ Comp will have to adapt its current conditions further. 

Is coronavirus covered by Workers’ Comp or Employers’ Liability Insurance? 

Possibly both. 

Workers’ compensation laws do not cover all workers or injuries, which may include some cases of employees with coronavirus. If the standard workers’ comp policy doesn’t cover the employee, the employee might sue their employer. In such cases, the employer could be protected by their Employers’ Liability Insurance (ELI). ELI can be packaged with workers’ comp and is also called “Part 2” of a workers’ compensation.  

If you are not sure if your workers’ compensation insurance includes Employers’ Liability Insurance (ELI), call your NC Workers’ Comp Insurance Agency today. Also, be careful not to confuse ELI with EPLI (Employee Practices Liability Insurance). ELI usually falls under Workers’ Comp, whereas ELPI is typically a stand-alone policy.  

What if workers’ comp doesn’t cover a coronavirus claim? 

If your employee’s claim is not covered by workers’ comp, there is a strong possibility that your employee will file a lawsuit against your company. This is where Employment Liability Insurance (ELI) comes into play. 

Key Factors of Employers’ Liability Insurance: 

Limits of Employers’ Liability Insurance 

It is also important to know that Employers’ Liability insurance policies have limits. The policies limit the amounts paid out per employee, per injury, and per illness. The NC Workers’ Comp statutory limits are: 

Coronavirus would fall under the Disease policy. It is a good idea to contact your NC insurance agency to make sure you are satisfied with your current liability limits, especially in light of the coronavirus threat. 

How can we protect our workers from coronavirus? 

Coronavirus is believed to be contagious even before those who are infected exhibit symptoms. This fact is the primary concern for this virus since people who are unaware they are infected will continue to go about their business as usual, unknowingly exposing countless people they come in contact with. That means promoting healthy habits in the workplace is more important than ever.  

The Centers for Disease Control offers a CDC Downloadable Poster to display, as well as the following suggestions for employers

Employers Need to Plan Ahead 

The United States has so far only been minimally affected by the coronavirus. However, the quick-spreading nature of the disease could quickly cause a national outbreak. Employers need to plan ahead to protect both their employees and their businesses during an outbreak. Consider how you will effectively communicate with employees, continue business with increased absenteeism, and prioritize essential business functions. 

The CDC provides detailed advice on Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

NC Workers Comp for Coronavirus 

Workers’ comp coverage varies from business to business. In light of the coronavirus, it is the perfect time to contact your NC workers comp insurance agency to ensure your business is adequately covered. ALLCHOICE Insurance is a local North Carolina insurance agency that can meet all your personal and business insurance needs.  

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