Covid and work, there are many issues still open and not completely resolved. Now, a news case could be an important trailblazer at the national level.
To a worker of the Italian Post Office in the province of Turin, who had contracted Covid at the counter in January 2021 and who then unfortunately died the following month, INAIL recognized the accident at work and compensation for the family.
But let’s see how the facts went. The man, an employee of Poste Italiane, falls ill with Covid and dies. The family, supported by the SLC Cgil, opens the case for an accident at work, also thanks to the support of Poste itself.
A few days ago, therefore almost 7 months after the events, Inail decided to proceed with the practice, affirming in fact an essential principle for which the unions fought, starting with the definition of protocols for health and protection from contagion in the workplace.
Not only. The family will thus be able to receive the pension provided for by the law for survivors.
This is the first case of Poste Italiane to which the accident at work for Covid was recognized, thus creating a very important precedent, which can also represent a push for the workers’ families to act in this case in similar situations.
Perhaps not everyone knows that the Central Insurance Relations Department and the Inail Central Health Superintendency of March 17, 2020 had clarified that the Covid infection must be treated as an accident at work (illness-accident). The technical-legal presupposition is that of the equivalence between a violent cause, referred to for all injuries, and a virulent cause, constituted by the action of the new Coronavirus.
What are the procedures for recognizing the Covid accident? I am INAIL recognizes all cases in which the correlation with work is ascertained. In some categories, for which the so-called “specific risk” is implicit, the presumption of occupational exposure applies.
For the events concerning the other cases, the ordinary medico-legal assessment procedure is applied which essentially makes use of the following elements: epidemiological, clinical, anamnestic and circumstantial.
In the event of Covid infection or suspicion of contagion at work, as in other cases of injury, the employer must report / report the injury. The certifying doctor who provided the first assistance must send the accident certificate to Inail.
The diagnosis of Covid is the moment of the regularization of the case from which the INAIL protection is to take effect. If the subject has been in illness, at the time suspected of Covid, and, therefore, in quarantine or in home trustee isolation, the confirmation of the test will allow the regularization of the case with effect from the moment of the certified absence from work. Inail protection covers the entire quarantine period.