With all the media focus on the coronavirus that is swiftly reaching pandemic status, many workers are expressing concerns that they could be unwittingly exposed to the virus in their workplace. It is worth noting that this is not the only infectious disease that can be contracted throughout the course of one’s employment.
For instance, those working in the field of health care must be very careful and take every precaution not to get stuck by a needle or other sharp that could infect them with deadly diseases like hepatitis C or HIV. Of course, health care workers assume certain risks simply by working in this field. But if they were intentionally exposed to an infectious agent due to a facility’s negligence, they could still file a workers’ compensation claim.
Often, in nonhealth care settings, it can be challenging to link the onset of a disease to your workplace. After all, people catch nasty colds and the flu all the time and rarely are able to pinpoint with certainty where and when they got exposed.
Still, there are ways to identify potential breaches in infection protocols that could have caused your serious contagious illness.In cases where the public health is at risk after an exposure, infectious disease experts can trace the pattern of the disease and identify it all the way back to the first patient in some cases.
If you were made seriously ill by a workplace exposure to an infectious disease, we can review your case on its merits. In some circumstances, it may be possible to receive a financial settlement or judgment.