Front-line workers affected by COVID-19 urge to be included in workers’ compensation coverage

Connecticut workers are urging lawmakers to extend workers' compensation coverage to include first responders and health care workers affected by COVID-19.

News 12 Staff

Mar 11, 2021, 11:24 PM

Updated 1,174 days ago

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Connecticut workers are urging lawmakers to extend workers' compensation coverage to include first responders and health care workers affected by COVID-19.
Scott Mesloh is a registered nurse. He says he got COVID-19 at work and is still sick and struggling financially.
"I don't want to be denied being a human, having done my job," he says. "I need to be able to pay my bills. I need help."
Mesloh joined other essential workers on a Zoom call Thursday to discuss their difficulties getting workers' compensation benefits.
The workers say they want lawmakers to pass legislation that establishes a workers' compensation presumption. This would place the burden on the employer and insurer to prove that the infection was not work-related.
This would also make it easier for those workers to file successful claims.
Essential workers say they are also upset that they are still having a hard time getting COVID-19 vaccines.


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