News Digest 4-2-2020


Virus could spur avalanche of tort and employment litigation

The insurance industry is bracing for a tidal wave of claims related to the COVID-19 outbreak. In general, such claims are not going to be compensable “although that hasn’t stopped the hysteria of exposure claims,” according to attorney Dana Bennett. Workers’ comp claims might involve mental stress from being exposed to the virus. Courthouse News Service


Pandemic hits police departments

Nearly 690 officers and civilian employees at police departments and sheriff’s offices around the country have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a survey of more than 40 law enforcement agencies, mostly in major cities. Mojave Valley Daily News


Ohio seeing spike in workers’ comp claims due to coronavirus

A growing number of Ohioans are already filing workers’ comp claims over the coronavirus. The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Comp said the agency is also trying to help out businesses by extended deadlines to make payments for the next three months. Fox8 (Cleveland)


Florida extends workers’ comp to ‘frontline state employees’

Florida has started processing workers’ compensation claims from “frontline state employees” who said they contracted COVID-19 on the job, but whether that eligibility extends to “essential workers” remains uncertain. The state joined Washington and Kentucky in March in guaranteeing eligibility for quarantined first-responders and healthcare employees. The Center Square


Connecticut relaxes deadlines for workers’ comp claims during pandemic

The state of Connecticut has indefinitely extended deadlines for business before the state Workers Compensation Commission. The state’s panel of workers compensation commissioners remains intact, and indicated Tuesday it will continue to conduct hearings by telephone for existing claims and any new filings. New Haven Register