Injury From Exposure To Contagious Diseases

Where a contagious disease is an inherent risk of a particular type of factory or other workspace, resulting injury is compensable. However, where an employee contracts a contagious disease as a result of traveling to an infected location in the course of his employment, courts will consider the relationship between the increase of the risk of exposure and the employment. The growing trend is to allow benefits in these cases. Finally, where an employee contracts a disease from a co-worker, the harm is compensable if an instrumentality of employment contributed to the transmission.