Gavin Newsom, the governor of California, has signed an executive order to provide workers’ compensation benefits for all essential workers who have been infected by COVID-19 in the state. The term “essential workers” applies to those who are allowed to leave their homes during California’s stay-at-home orders to meet the demands of their jobs. According to the executive order, workers are covered if they’ve tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of their last workday any time after March 19, the day the stay-at-home order was issued. This particular order covers the next 60 days only.
“We are removing a burden for workers on the front lines, who risk their own health and safety to deliver critical services to our fellow Californians, so that they can access benefits, and be able to focus on their recovery,” said Governor Newsom in a written statement. “Workers’ compensation is a critical piece to reopening the state and it will help workers get the care they need to get healthy, and in turn, protect public health.”
The executive order will cover the following for the next 60 days:
- Permanent disability benefits for long-term or permanent injuries or disability caused by COVID-19
- Temporary disability benefits for up to two years
- Death benefits that cover up to $10,000 in funeral expenses and anywhere between $120,000 and $250,000, depending on the number of dependents at the time of death
To help workers receive their benefits as soon as possible, the order allows shortens the amount of time that employers have to approve claims from 90 days to 30 days.
Governor Newsom has taken numerous actions to help essential workers who have put themselves at risk since the COVID-19 outbreak, including providing paid sick leave benefits for those working in the food industry, child support services, more loans for struggling small businesses, and additional weekly unemployment benefits.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives and livelihoods of many, and as we look toward opening our local communities and economies, we want to make sure that those that have been most impacted have the ability to get back on their feet,” he said.
What Happens If My Claim is Denied?
Claims are often denied by employers and insurance companies looking to save money and avoid having to pay workers, even if they’re entitled to benefits. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to give up – workers can still file appeals to have their claims reconsidered. Our attorneys can assess your existing claim and determine what we need to do to strengthen it so there’s no possibility it can be denied again.
Workers’ compensation claims are often denied because:
- Whether your injuries exist is disputed
- Your injury was caused by a preexisting condition unrelated to work
- A health provider determined you’re not disabled as a result of a work injury
- When or where you sustained your injuries is disputed
- You lack evidence to prove that your injury occurred while you were working
Whether your injuries are minor, like a sprained ankle or bank pain, or catastrophic, which can include spinal cord injuries and head and brain trauma, our passionate attorneys are devoted to achieving the benefits workers are entitled to and won’t rest until we have you covered.
Over $300 Billion Recovered Throughout California
With more than 45 years of legal experience, the assertive lawyers at the Solov and Teitell are known in Los Angeles and throughout California for their unwavering commitment to helping their clients recover after an accident. A workplace accident can leave employees feeling vulnerable and confused, especially if their workers’ compensation benefits are initially denied. Our team offers legal services across a wide range of related issues, including helping clients with denied or delayed claims and after an employer has refused to pay benefits. We have a deep understanding of the state laws regulating workers’ compensation and can fight for those who have had their entitled rights denied.