COVID claims slow to a trickle as pandemic emergency ends
An end to the pandemic national emergency does not mean an end to COVID-19 workers compensation claims, but claim activity has decreased dramatically, experts say.
California and Texas are the two remaining states with such presumptions. California extended its presumption through January 2024. The Texas presumption expires Sept. 1.
At the height of the pandemic, 20 states had COVID-19 or “infectious disease” presumptions for workers who were presumably exposed to the virus at work. Most of the claims came from health care workers and first responders, although claim activity was higher than expected among retail workers deemed “essential workers” in many states.
Jeff Adelson, an attorney with the Newport Beach, California-based law firm Adelson McClean, who represents employers and insurers, said claims are no longer a concern as they’ve decreased significantly.
“From my firm, we’re just not seeing them,” he said.
Last week, the California Workers’ Compensation Institute released figures showing a surge in COVID-19 claims between October and December of last year, but the count dropped sharply in January.
About Jeffrey Adelson
Jeff Adelson, General Counsel and Co-Managing Partner at Adelson McLean, has practiced in the field of Workers’ Compensation for almost 40 years. In addition, Jeffrey Adelson’s legal career includes experience in the areas of civil, family, and criminal law. He enjoys the field of employment and Worker’s Compensation. A strong believer in human rights, he abhors any type of intolerance.
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