I Have the Coronavirus, Can I Charge for Negligence?
The COVID-19 pandemic situation presents a time of uncertainty for us all. Although there have been efforts from the government, businesses and private citizens alike to combat the virus’s transmission, COVID-19 continues to rapidly spread from person to person. If you believe you contracted COVID-19 while working or visiting a private business, you may be able to hold someone liable for your Coronavirus treatment. Although it may be difficult to prove your COVID-19 contraction occurred at an exact place and that the proper precautions were not taken, the attorneys at the Whitley Law Firm could talk to you about your potential case and how it relates to North Carolina law.
How Does a Claimant Establish Negligence in a Coronavirus Civil Torts Case?
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many citizens are filing negligence lawsuits against businesses and employers for Coronavirus exposure. Since negligence charges fall within tort law, there must be enough evidence to suggest that, more likely than not, a specific party’s negligence or carelessness caused your COVID-19 contraction.
However, it may be difficult to prove that a specific party’s negligence directly caused you to contract the Coronavirus. COVID-19 is a highly infectious disease and pinning the contraction back to a specific time and place may be difficult to prove in the court of law. Similarly, certain industries, like airlines, may have their own pandemic-related policies in place to protect themselves from negligence lawsuits, creating another potential challenge for your case.
Some pending cases for Coronavirus negligence involve a party failing to take appropriate action to prevent COVID-19’s spread when recommended guidelines and information were known by that party. Some of these actions may include employees not wearing gloves, failing to institute social distancing measures, or allowing a sick employee to work. It is important to note that because this situation is unprecedented, it is unknown how these cases will hold up in court. However, it could still be worth speaking with one of our attorneys about your legal rights and options.
Contact an Attorney to Discuss Your Coronavirus Negligence Case
Given the pandemic’s transformative nature and your case’s unique circumstances, your legal options may change quickly. For that reason, North Carolina residents should contact our team of qualified attorneys for a free case consultation. We have years of experience in personal injury cases and as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we want North Carolina residents to know that our firm is on your side.