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Heacox Hartman


Infectious diseases such as COVID-19 can be compensable in Minnesota as either a personal injury or occupational disease in certain situations. CWK attorneyWhitney Teel did a deep dive into the issue during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, and the caselaw is applicable to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

The quick answer is that it is possible for COVID-19 to be a compensable workers’ compensation injury in Minnesota, but as always, the burden of proof is on the Employee. With infectious diseases, such as polio, influenza, tuberculosis, or COVID-19, proving point of contraction is critical.  Employers are encouraged to let their workers’ compensation insurer know if an employee tests positive for COVID-19. 

To read Whitney's research article on this topic, click the link below: