Of the 1,077 workers 'compensation COVID-19-related claims filed prior to April 30 in California, 35% were denied and 69.7% of these involved negative testing for the virus, according to a white paper released Thursday by the California Workers' Compensation Institute.
The Oakland-based institute used data from a survey of 28 insurers and self-insured CWCI members, gathered a week before Govin Newsom issued an executive order that made the virus an indemnifiable worker's compensation claim under dismissal for workers. that test positive.
The study also found that the remaining 29.3% of denials were made after the employer found that the employee had not been exposed to work, or for other reasons including lack of diagnosis, lack of symptoms or that the employee had worked at home or refused to take a COVID-1
The investigated employers also provided information on "confusion" when and if to report a suspected COVID-19 in llness, as some respondent reported cases where claims were submitted to groups of workers without symptoms or positive tests because an employee had reported symptoms.
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