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If I am not considered a First Response Employee, can I still make a claim for an injury or occupational disease if diagnosed with COVID-19 infection?
Yes. If you can identify specific exposure to COVID-19, such as a date, location, etc. and have been diagnosed by a physician or test, you may be able to show you have suffered a personal injury and therefore may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Remember, Michigan is a wage loss system so in order to be eligible for any benefits a worker must show that the exposure arose out of and in the course of employment like any other work injury and that it has caused a loss of wage earning capacity in work suitable to your qualifications and training.