Can I Sue Over COVID-19?
Yes, you may be eligible to file a COVID-19 lawsuit if you have been impacted by COVID-19 in one of the following ways:
• You lost a loved one in a nursing home to COVID-19: Nursing homes in the United States must have an infection control program “designed to provide a safe, sanitary and comfortable environment and to help prevent the development and transmission of disease and infection.” This infection control program is mandated by federal law. If you lost a loved one to COVID-19 in a nursing home which failed to follow infection control program protocol, you may be eligible for financial compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit.
• A loved one of yours contracted COVID-19 at work and died: You may be eligible for a financial recovery in a wrongful death lawsuit if your loved one caught COVID-19 at work and died because their workplace failed to reasonably protect its workers from the pandemic. Safeway is currently being sued and the lawsuit alleges that a worker contracted COVID-19 in “dangerous and hazardous conditions” in a Safeway warehouse. The lawsuit claims workers were forced to work in close quarters without personal protective equipment or social distancing.
• A loved one of yours contracted COVID-19 on a cruise ship and died: You may be eligible for financial compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit if your loved one caught COVID-19 on a cruise ship and died. Princess and Carnival cruise lines are currently being sued and the lawsuit alleges the companies knowingly helped spread COVID-19 amongst its passengers. The lawsuit claims that Princess and Carnival failed to take proper precautions in cleaning or sanitizing their cruise ship and failed to do anything to properly test or screen passengers aboard the cruise.
• You own a business and your COVID-19-related business interruption insurance claim was denied: You may be eligible for financial compensation if your COVID-19-related business interruption insurance claim was wrongfully denied. Insurance companies may be basing these denials on vague and thus unenforceable language in their policies. Some insurers are denying these claims because of a lack of physical damage, yet a business being contaminated by the virus is clearly an example of actual physical damage. You should have an attorney look at the language of your specific policy if you feel your insurance claim has been wrongfully denied.