Legal Issues Surrounding COVID-19 Claims

10:00 – 11:00 am

Magnolia Ballrooms 4 – 6
Convention Level

Ordinary diseases of life are not supposed to be compensable under many state workers’ compensation laws. However, that paradigm seems to have changed since the COVID-19 pandemic began two years ago. If COVID-19 can be compensable, why can’t influenza or even the common cold? Are the countless symptoms associated with Long Haul COVID-19 also compensable? The panel will address the legal requirements of compensability for diseases such as COVID-19, the compensability of related conditions and the practical issues involved in handling such claims.

R. Stephen Coonrod, Attorney
McConnaughhay, Coonrod, Pope, Weaver & Stern, PA
Tallahassee, FL

Julie Grindal
Corporate Director of Risk Management
Avante Group
Orlando, FL

Marimar Blazejewski
Workers’ Compensation Claims Supervisor
Florida League of Cities
Orlando, FL

Jenelle Folkes
Investigative Claims Unit
Travelers Insurance Company
Tampa, FL


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