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The COVID-19 Outbreak has redefined normal for the world around us. Whitley Law Firm is  working remotely but still open for business! Here are some common questions we are getting  amidst the crisis:

Can I file for Workers’ Compensation if I got injured working from home  amidst the COVID-19 Crisis?

Yes, you can file for Workers’ Compensation while telecommuting, however, we anticipate the  normal deadlines will be extended during the crisis. For example, you typically have 30 days to  give your supervisor written notice. Text messages and emails are acceptable.

Many North Carolina hospitals have halted elective surgeries to focus on  COVID-19 cases. How will this affect my case?

This may delay your treatment. Typically, we instruct our clients to seek medical treatment as  soon as possible. Insurance companies may look at your case, see a delay, and argue that if you  waited to seek treatment, you weren’t that injured anyway. However, gaps in treatment in this  time period will easily be explained by the COVID-19 crisis.

I heard I should avoid hospitals, emergency rooms, and urgent care  facilities for non-emergencies. Should I continue treatment if I have an  ongoing case?

Yes, you should continue treatment, but consult with your provider first. Many offices have  amended their protocols to see existing patients.

North Carolina has declared a State of Emergency. Does this affect my  insurance if I get into a car wreck?

No, your insurance coverage will remain intact.

What happens if I contract COVID-19 (or any other illnesses) while  receiving treatment for my ongoing case?

If you contract COVID-19 while receiving treatment and it extends your hospital stay, it will be  handled on a case-by-case basis.

If I test positive for COVID-19 after coming in contact with a customer that  also tested positive, does that count as a Workers’ Compensation case?

Technically, yes, exposure cases would be covered in North Carolina. However, if your case is  minor and does not require hospitalization, pursuing a claim would not be worth it.