Workers’ Compensation

Ca. Workers' Comp. Quarterly 2020, Vol. 33, No. 2

Alleged COVID-19 Work-Related Injury or Illness: A Guide to Determining When an Employer Must Provide a Claim Form

The Hon. Raymond F. Correio (Ret.)

Gardena, California

Introduction

Under which circumstances does an employer have a duty to provide a DWC-1 claim form related to an alleged COVID-19 work-related injury or illness? There is clearly a need for guidance and clarification in this area, given the daily increase in the number of COVID-19 cases being reported throughout California at the time of this writing and the number of employees who have already filed COVID-19 workers’ compensation claims. At the present time it is difficult to predict the number of employees who, in the foreseeable future, will file worker’s compensation claims alleging they were exposed to or contracted COVID-19 as a result of their employment.

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