The Law Offices of Bruce S. Meth is a San Diego, California personal injury law firm that may be able to help you if you or someone you love passed away or had to be hospitalized because they contracted Covid-19 due the negligence of a business or place of employment. Let’s be clear, you can’t just go around suing every business you patronized if you got sick with Covid-19. However, there are situations where businesses flagrantly violated state and local orders, required workers to come in to work sick, where a business failed to take proper sanitation or safety measures, or failed to enforce social distancing and mask wearing measures, with the consequence being sick workers, sick patrons, and the business becoming a source of outbreak in the community. Most businesses in San Diego, California are working hard to keep people safe. They are following local orders, requiring patrons to socially distance and wear masks, and are encouraging sick workers to stay home and get tested. Many businesses have increased sanitation measures to keep everyone safe. Yet, there have been cases and situations where businesses failed to do their basic duty to prevent the spread. In some cases, business owners violated state and local orders entirely. In these situations, families and loved ones of victims may have the right to fight back and seek justice. The Law Offices of Bruce S. Meth is a San Diego, California personal injury lawyer that may be able to help you if you or someone you love got seriously ill because a business or establishment in San Diego, California failed to take basic steps to prevent the spread of Covid-19 among workers and employees.
Protecting the Public in San Diego, California
Businesses across the country have been lobbying the government, asking it to put in place overarching laws that would protect businesses from Covid-19 lawsuits. Business owners claim that they are worried about a flood of lawsuits from people who patronize their stores and restaurants who then get sick. This flood of lawsuits has not come. The kinds of Covid-19 lawsuits that we are seeing are ones where businesses failed to take basic precautions to stop the spread of disease among workers and patrons, sometimes in direct violation of local orders and recommendations. For example, if a business owner requires workers to come in to work even if they are sick or are showing signs of Covid-19, this could be a situation where a business owner is failing to take steps to protect the community and fellow workers. Another example would be a situation where a business fails to enforce mask wearing or social distancing and an outbreak of illness is traced to that establishment. Nursing homes have been sued because they failed to put in place proper procedures for handling an outbreak and in some cases, they failed to communicate with families about the situation in the nursing home. Another situation where people might have rights is the case of college students being asked to return to school. College students may not have a choice and many are not able or willing to take a year off. When colleges open campuses, but fail to take into account student safety, these colleges could also be held legally accountable for their negligence.
In some cases, colleges and other establishments have gone as far as to ask students and patrons to sign liability waivers. NPR reports that some lawyers are concerned about these waivers because it places the responsibility for containing the disease on students and patrons, and released the business from all liability. In cases like schools where people are gathering, it is important that colleges take steps to prevent the spread of the virus and have plans in place to shut down if an outbreak takes place. Lawsuits give families and students the right to fight back when establishments or organizations fail to hold themselves properly accountable. While there is a financial incentive to re-open campus, these incentives need to be balanced in the interest of public safety and health.
The personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Bruce S. Meth in San Diego, California are here to help you if you or someone you love had to be hospitalized or passed away due to Covid-19 and you feel that a business or other party was at fault. Our personal injury lawyers are here to help you. Let’s be clear, you can’t just sue because you got sick. But, in certain situations, families, patrons, and employees may have important rights under the law. Reach out to the personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Bruce S. Meth in San Diego, California today or connect with USAttorneys.com to get matched with the lawyer at the Law Offices of Bruce S. Meth in San Diego, California.