What If I Might Be Sick or Have Been Exposed? What if I need to pay for medical treatment or cannot return to work?
- What if I might be sick or have been exposed?
- What are my paid sick leave options?
- What if I was not paid for taking sick leave?
- What if I need to pay for medical treatment or cannot return to work?
- What if I am concerned about retaliation from my employer?
You Might Be Able to Also File a Workers' Compensation Claim
- If you believe you contracted COVID-19 at your workplace, you should notify your employer and file a workers' compensation claim.
- If your illness is an emergency, call 911 or go to an emergency room right away. Tell the medical staff that your injury or illness is job-related. If you can safely do so, contact your employer for further instructions.
- Workers' compensation benefits are designed to provide you with the medical treatment you need to recover from your work-related injury or illness, partially replace the wages you lose while you are recovering, and help you return to work.
How to File a Workers' Compensation Claim if You Get Sick at Work
- Complete the workers' compensation claim form and give the filled out form to your employer.
- Or tell your employer you would like to file a workers' compensation claim and they are required to provide you with the appropriate claim form.
- Keep a copy for yourself.
- If you mail the form to your employer use certified mail to show proof of receipt.
- Your employer should fill out the "employer" section and forward the completed claim form to the insurance company. You should receive a copy of the completed claim form from your employer. If you do not, request a copy and keep it for your records.
- Within one day of filing a claim form, your employer must authorize appropriate medical treatment. While your employer is deciding whether to accept or reject your claim, you may receive up to $10,000 in medical treatment.
- For information on how to file and what to do if your claim is accepted or denied, visit the Division of Workers' Compensation website.
If you need additional support
- If your employer does not give you the claim form, you can contact the Information and Assistance Unit if you have questions or call 1-800-736-7401 for recorded information
- How to file a workers' compensation claim
- DWC Injured Worker Guidebook
- Workers' Compensation claim form (DWC 1)