Any injury sustained in the course of performing workplace duties can technically be covered by workers’ compensation, but whether you actually receive benefits depends on your specific situation. In claims involving infectious diseases—such as the novel coronavirus disease—there are many obstacles to overcome when seeking compensation.
Workers’ Compensation for Occupational Diseases
When it comes to occupational disease in Illinois, there are two laws that could potentially apply: the Workers’ Compensation Act and the Occupational Diseases Act. The latter will typically apply in the case of illness, though it does use rates based on those established by the Workers’ Compensation Act.