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What do you do if you think you contracted COVID-19 while at work? We ask Atlanta attorney Sarah Stottlemeyer in this AskTheLawyers™ Quick Question.
I would say to document everything thoroughly. You would want to tell your employer immediately if you started to feel ill; you would want to make sure that you're writing down exactly where you've been. In Georgia, you're not entitled to income benefits until you've been out of work longer than a week, and you get paid for that first week after you've been out of work for 21 consecutive days. So, COVID-19 cases are not going to be a type of claim that you're generally going to want to bring forth unless you are hospitalized for a number of weeks or unless you have excessive medical bills dealing with ventilators and hospital stays, or if you're out of work for a couple of months due to recovering from the virus. If it's just flu-like symptoms where you recover at home and you're out of work for a week or two, that's not something that you're generally going to want to bring a case against for COVID-19.
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