COVID 19 UPDATE
In light of the extraordinary circumstances posed by COVID 19, all of us here at Cuneo, Black, Ward & Missler want you to know:
1. We are open and available to assist you. Workers’ compensation benefits have to be paid to and on behalf of injured workers. We know that you have to keep doing your jobs, and we are here for you. We will maintain phone hours from 8:30 – 12:00 and 1:00 – 3:00. Additionally, we will continue to respond to e-mail and faxes.
2. The WCAB will continue (for now) to hold Expedited Hearings live at non-Bay Area district offices. Conferences will continue via Court Call so we will continue to make Board appearances for you as allowed.
3. We expect that you will start to receive claims for COVID 19 if you haven’t already started to receive them. Remember that often, occupational diseases (like COVID 19) are not compensable. It is up to the applicant to show that his/her exposure was greater than the general public’s by virtue of the job. You should also beware of claims for remote worksite injuries made by employees who are working from home. The rules for occupational disease claims do not change because of remote worksites.
Please let us know how we can help you. The next weeks will be challenging but we will get through this together.
Please take care of yourselves and your families.