Scher, Bassett & Hames Now Accepting COVID-19 Legal Cases
Scher, Bassett & Hames cares about the well-being and safety of our clients and employees. We have been following the recommended protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for COVID-19 prevention at our law firm. Our personal injury lawyers in San Jose, CA always have your best interests at the heart of everything we do. Find out what precautions for COVID-19 we are taking to ensure everyone remains safe in our office during these unprecedented times. We’re also here to represent you if you have a COVID-19 legal concern for our workers’ compensation attorneys. Please reach out to us to schedule a consultation today for your peace of mind. We’re always happy to help!
The Steps Our Law Firm Has Taken for COVID-19 Prevention
Scher, Bassett & Hames has implemented the following best practices for COVID-19 prevention to keep our clients and employees safe during the pandemic and beyond:
- Social Distancing – Since June, the state of California has mandated masks be worn in public and encouraged social distancing to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. We are happy to comply. All employees and clients must wear face coverings and maintain at least six feet of distance from others at all times at our law firm.
- Sanitization Efforts – In accordance with recommendations from the CDC and the Labor & Workforce Development Agency, we have provided hand sanitizing supplies for our clients and staff to utilize while in our office. We have also implemented additional cleaning and disinfecting protocols to keep our office as sanitary as possible.
- Capacity Limits – We have taken measures to limit the number of employees and clients in our law firm’s office at any given time. By staggering out appointment times and restructuring our staff schedule, we aim to minimize the risks of COVID-19 being spread in our facilities.
You Could Qualify for Workers’ Compensation for COVID-19 Illness
California employers are required by law to pay for workers’ compensation coverage, which offers wage and medical benefits to injured employees as well as death benefits to the families of those killed while on the job. California Governor Gavin Newsom also signed an Executive Order saying employees’ COVID-19-related illnesses should be considered an occupational injury and are eligible for workers’ comp benefits if certain criteria are met. If you reported to work and tested positive or were diagnosed with COVID-19-related illness, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. This law encourages employees who are sick to stay home to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks in the workplace. It also ensures employers are compliant with local health directives and take steps to keep their workers safe.
If you are unable to work due to medical quarantine or COVID-19-related illness (certified by a qualified medical professional), you may be entitled to short-term disability benefit payments covering up to 60-70% of your wages, depending on your income. If you are unable to work because you must care for an ill or quarantined member of your family, you may be eligible for up to six weeks of paid family leave. The Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) also provides emergency paid sick leave for employees who have had to quarantine in response to COVID-19. If you have lost your job or had your hours reduced due to COVID-19, you could qualify for unemployment benefits or pandemic unemployment assistance for partial wage replacement. Talk to your employer or our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys in San Jose for more details.
Has COVID-19 Impacted Your Livelihood? You Could Have a Case
Has your employer not provided COVID-19 safety equipment or taken adequate measures to protect you on the job site? If you were exposed to COVID-19 at work or wrongfully terminated during the pandemic, you could have a case. If you have been impacted by the effects of COVID-19, whether due to illness or unsafe working conditions, the personal injury attorneys at San Jose’s Scher, Bassett & Hames would welcome the opportunity to advise or represent you. Reach out to us immediately to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You may be entitled to compensation for missed wages, medical bills, and more due to the coronavirus pandemic. Let us help!
Why Choose the Personal Injury Lawyers at Scher, Bassett & Hames?
Scher, Bassett & Hames is a results-driven law firm offering legal representation for clients in San Jose and the entire South Bay Area. Besides personal injury and workers’ compensation claims, we also help clients with matters involving family law, bankruptcy, and criminal defense. Founded in 1955, our law firm has over 60 years of legal expertise to help you protect your rights. Browse our testimonials for additional proof of our ongoing commitment to our clients and their families.