Missouri EMT Fights for Workers’ Compensation After Contracting COVID-19

If you have suffered a work-related injury or illness, Northland Injury Law can help ensure you receive full and fair compensation under the law. With years of experience, we can help with even the most complicated claims.

A St. Louis EMT is fighting to receive workers’ compensation after a devastating COVID-19 diagnosis left her lungs filled with holes and unable to work. Liz Smith described her passion for working as an EMT, stating on one of her last calls she helped deliver a baby.

Then, in February 2020 a mysterious illness changed her life forever. She described three days of symptoms that manifested in difficulty breathing, ultimately culminating in cardiac arrest. After nearly dying three times, Smith spent a month in a coma and another two months in the hospital, rendering her unable to work. Smith was left with permanent damage to her lungs, and is still feeling the damage caused by this illness today.

When Smith filed a workers compensation claim with the City, it was denied. The city stated “There are no records to substantiate the claim.” In 2020 the state approved $316 million in workers’ compensation benefit settlements for COVID-19 injuries and fatalities. Many of these settlements were in the healthcare industry.

Smith states she plans to appeal the outcome of her claim.

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If you have suffered a work-related injury or illness, Northland Injury Law can help ensure you get full and fair compensation under the law. The attorneys at Northland Injury Law are experienced in navigating the ins and out of the workers’ compensation process and their experience can help you with a complicated claim. For a more comprehensive list of all the questions you might have about workers’ compensation, and for a free consultation, please call (816)-400-4878. If you have further questions about your case, do not hesitate to reach out to us by the phone number, through the contact form, or even with the live chat option listed on our site!

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