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Workers' Compensation

& COVID-19 FAQs

As of: March 20, 2020

If you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19 in your workplace, you may be eligible for Workers' Compensation (WC). Please continue to read this FAQ for more guidance. Many of your questions will be answered below. 

For the most accurate and up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health's dedicated coronavirus webpage that is updated daily.

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How does workers' compensation work in Pennsylvania?

If I contracted COVID-19 at work, is that a work-related injury or disease?

​How do I report my work-related exposure to or illness from COVID-19?

​What happens after I report my injury?

​If my claim is accepted, what benefits can I expect to receive?

Do I get paid from the first day I miss work?

I believe I contacted COVID-19 from a sick co-worker. The co-worker tested positive and I became ill a short time later. How do I file a workers' compensation claim?  

​What can I do if my claim is denied?

My physician directed me to stay off work because he suspected I was exposed to COVID-19 but my workers' compensation claim was denied, can I appeal that denial?  

​What is the process my claim will follow once it is assigned to a workers' compensation judge?

​Will COVID-19 affect how my existing case is processed?

​Will I be able to file a petition or answer to a petition during the COVID-19 emergency?

​I do not have an attorney for my case and it is currently assigned to a workers' compensation judge.  How do I stay informed on what is cancelled or delayed and what will take place?

​Can I receive telemedicine for a workplace injury or illness under workers' compensation?