COVID Care & Recovery Program
If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 after being exposed at work, you may be entitled to a workers’ compensation claim.
Are you an employee of the federal government? If so, special rules apply. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published a resource on federal workers’ compensation claims involving COVID-19 for government employees.
In Order to Recover Workers’ Compensation Benefits, Employees Will Need to Be Able to Prove that Their COVID-19 Diagnoses are Work-Related.
In order to recover workers’ compensation for the coronavirus, an employee’s illness must be work-related. However, an issue that many employees are likely to face is the question of proof. As insurance companies get flooded with coronavirus-related claims, they are going to be looking for clear evidence that employees got sick on the job and not somewhere else.
So, how do you prove that you contracted the coronavirus at work? Unfortunately, in many instances, this could be a challenge. Since symptoms of coronavirus typically appear 2 to 14 days after exposure (according to the CDC), one challenge employees are likely to face will be pinpointing the specific cause of their illness. However, for those who suffer serious and/or long-term consequences due to COVID-19, it will absolutely be worth it to speak with our Patient Concierge about filing a claim for benefits.
Workers Who are Diagnosed with COVID-19 Must Be Diligent about Protecting Their Health.
Regardless of what you do for work, regardless of where you got sick, and regardless of what your rights may be, if you are experiencing symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), it is important for you to be diligent. You should see a doctor right away, you should follow your doctor’s advice and the CDC’s recommendations, and you should speak with a physician who is knowledgeable about workers’ compensation and coronavirus at the first available opportunity.
We specialize in post-COVID rehabilitation to get you back to work and back to life.
When patients who have had COVID-19 are over the active infection, they still need some help to get back to full strength.
As we continue to learn more about the effects of the coronavirus, it is becoming increasingly clear that individuals who contract COVID-19 can be at risk for facing long-term complications. As more people recover from COVID-19 across the country, many are facing another uphill challenge: rebuilding the physical strength and cardiorespiratory endurance lost during even short illnesses at home, much less long hospital stays or weeks in bed.
The prolonged inactivity that can occur with a severe illness such as COVID-19 can accelerate the natural loss of muscle strength in older adults. And with prolonged bed rest, people can lose range of motion and their sense of balance.The good news: With the right physical activities — and time — these abilities can be regained. While those coming back from the most severe cases will face rehabilitation in a care setting, others will be sent home to get stronger on their own. When patients recovering from COVID-19 are discharged from the hospital, they can be scheduled for up to four virtual sessions each with a physical therapist. Patients who test positive for COVID-19, but don’t require hospitalization, are also encouraged to participate in the therapy program. They just need a doctor’s referral for the COVID Recovery Program.
Physical Therapy is an Essential Service
As a medical treatment, physical therapy is deemed an essential service during the Coronavirus pandemic. Our clinics remain open to treat patients in person.
Is it Safe to Go to a Physical Therapy Clinic Right Now?
We are following all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance to protect our physical therapists, other staff, and patients at our clinics. In particular, we are focused on maintaining a clean and safe environment as we all work together against the spread of COVID-19. Our facility also utilizes a state-of-the-art UV light disinfecting procedure to ensure the most safe environment possible.
If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have or may have been exposed to COVID-19, please call your clinic to reschedule your appointments or to schedule telehealth visits and we kindly ask you to not come into the clinic until it’s safe to do so.