The coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic is the largest global crisis in recent history. It has understandably shaken many people with both fears of catching the deadly virus and concerns for the global economy. What people want right now are answers and a sense of security. At LawMD, we hope to deliver both to clients around the country who may have been wrongly or negligently exposed to the coronavirus due to someone else’s mistakes.
Our team of coronavirus lawsuit attorneys are currently hearing from people who think they might have a case. We are also doing what we can to share helpful information about the coronavirus and discussing major news stories as they develop. It is our goal to not only be a trusted legal team for our clients, but also a source of positivity and hope among our communities.
If you would like to know more about coronavirus lawsuits, such as when a third party could be accountable for COVID-19 exposure, contact us online or call (888) 695-2963 today.
Basic Coronavirus Safety Tips
To start, we want to make certain everyone in our communities is doing what they can to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. The World Health Organization (WHO) has been sharing and updating basic safety measures that people all around the globe should know and follow. You can click here to visit the official WHO website, but we thought it would be useful to do a fast rundown of their key safety measures, too.
Five basic coronavirus safety measures as shared by WHO include:
- Wash your hands frequently with hot water and soap, and for at least 20 seconds
- Keep a minimum distance of 3 feet between yourself and others if you have to leave your home for necessary travel or tasks. Although, a 6-foot distance has been highly encouraged recently.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth at all times. Wearing a mask or bandana in public can help prevent accidental mouth and nose exposure.
- Only cough or sneeze into a tissue, which you then discard in a trash can immediately. Wash your hands after sneezing or coughing, too.
- Call your medical provider ahead of time for any necessary doctor’s appointments, especially if you are exhibiting coronavirus symptoms. You should also seek medical attention early if you do have symptoms.
Princess Cruise Lines Coronavirus Confusion
Princess Cruise Lines is one of the most recognizable brand names that has been tied to the coronavirus in major news headlines. The cruise company has been under heavy scrutiny ever since it conducted two ineffective coronavirus/COVID-19 quarantines earlier this year. Both the Diamond Princess and the Grand Princess were quarantined for weeks, yet the virus still spread among passengers and crew members. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that 10 people aboard the two ships have since died from the virus and at least another 800 have tested positive for it.
The company’s CGL insurance policies could end up providing damages to claimants who say Princess Cruises negligently exposed them to the virus. CGL insurance policies provide damages to claimants or plaintiffs when the policyholder’s negligence causes bodily injury, property damage, or a personal and advertising injury. Being diagnosed with the virus and suffering its health consequences could be argued as a form of bodily injury. Even passengers who were quarantined but never diagnosed with COVID-19 could file a claim since “personal and advertising injury” covers “false imprisonment, arrest, or detention.” In other words, CGL insurance held by Princess Cruise Lines could validate claims brought forth by all affected passengers in one way or another.
Please keep in mind that Princess Cruise Lines is just one example of major coronavirus litigation reaching the news cycle. It is likely that other corporations will eventually find themselves in similar situations. Our attorneys are keeping an eye open for developing stories, and we will likely discuss the most pressing of them in our blog.
Should You File a Coronavirus Claim Against Your Employer?
Workers in essential industries – everything from food service and medical care to hospitality and delivery have been named as essential, varying slightly from one municipality to another – are continuing to head out and clock in during the coronavirus pandemic. Naturally, they are increasing their own risk of coronavirus exposure whenever they go to work. Do essential employees have an opportunity to file a claim against their employers if they are diagnosed with the coronavirus?
Amazon workers on Staten Island have reportedly gone on strike because they claim their employer has not done enough to protect them from the coronavirus. While organizing a labor strike is one way to protest unsafe work conditions, filing a lawsuit is another. If you are continuing to go to work under your employer’s instructions but are not being adequately safeguarded against the risk of COVID-19, then LawMD would like to hear from you. With the guidance and representation of our nationwide coronavirus lawyers, you can discover if you have a viable claim to file for fair and justified compensation, regardless of your industry.
Damages you might be able to list in your claim include:
- Cost of coronavirus-related medical treatments
- Wages lost due to being too sick to work
- Pain, suffering, and emotional trauma damages
Please understand that essential industries need to continue operations to some degree in order to stem the spread of the coronavirus and support the economy. With this in mind, employers in these industries need to find a balance between protecting workers and ensuring essential work is completed. Being exposed to the coronavirus at work does not necessarily mean that your employer failed to take reasonable precautions. This is where our lawyers can step in, examine the situation, and let you know if you should consider filing a claim or not.
Nursing Home Responsibilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Nursing homes have also been heavily impacted by the coronavirus. Each day, there are emerging news stories of the virus rapidly spreading through nursing homes, assisted living centers, and retirement communities, where residents are among the most vulnerable to its symptoms. As a result, most nursing homes have been placed in a delicate, dangerous balance of needing to provide around-the-clock care for their elderly residents while also minimizing their exposure to other people.
LawMD is closely familiar with nursing home malpractice and negligence claims. If your loved one has passed away due to COVID-19 while in a nursing home, we encourage you to contact our lawyers at your first opportunity. Using our legal background and insight, we can help you decide if pursuing a claim is the right choice. We understand that nursing homes are under an immense amount of pressure to protect their residents, but we also know that unreasonable negligence is inexcusable and must be addressed.
Discuss Your Coronavirus Claim Options – Call (888) 695-2963
Do you have more questions about the difficult legal conflicts that have arisen due to the coronavirus and who might be held liable in certain situations? LawMD in Washington, D.C. is currently hearing from cruise line passengers, employees, families of nursing home residents, and others who all have concerns about COVID-19 exposure claims. As some of the nation’s most reputable medical malpractice trial attorneys, we can use our unique experience and insight to look into quarantine procedures used on your cruise, at your workplace, or at a nursing home to identify negligent decisions that ultimately led to your or a loved one’s harm. We would like to get the chance to fight for your rights during this difficult time, so please do not hesitate to contact us for a free case evaluation.
Start by dialing (888) 695-2963. We are still answering the phone, helping new clients, and starting new cases during coronavirus social distancing and quarantine requirements.