The Compensability of COVID-19 in Workers’ Compensation Cases—A General Analytical Roadmap

Authored By: Stephen D. Palmer


          As of early 2021, more than 29 million people had contracted COVID-19 in the United States and more than 530,000 Americans had died from the virus.  With the spread of COVID-19 in the United States, there is a conceivable crush of workers’ compensation COVID-19 litigation coming.  This Article lays out a basic roadmap that practitioners (on both sides of the aisle) can use in analyzing the compensability of COVID-19 cases in their respective states and is mainly illustrated using the substantive law pulled from the state of Alabama.

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