Can You Recieve Compensation for Contracting Coronavirus?
After months of living in fear and lockdowns, there is still no known cure for COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus.
People are becoming tired and irritated with the past stay at home orders, and society sets to slowly return to normal. But that does not mean that the virus has gone away.
We see the number of cases in cities splurge after they have begun to reopen restaurants and stores. At some point, our communities must return to a sense of normalcy for the sake of the economy and everyone’s sanity, but what does that mean for you in terms of getting infected?
Though COVID-19 does have a relatively low mortality rate of .04% in comparison to viruses such as Ebola with a global death rate of 50% or even the SARS virus with a global death rate of 15%, that does not make the virus any less harmful or dangerous to those with immune deficiencies.
It is hard to consider the possibilities and dangers of the virus with everyone so eager to jump back into the normality of life, especially because it is common for individuals to be symptomatic carriers of the virus.
Even more so, we need to stop and question the possibility of people who are knowingly infected that want to go out and be apart of society, thus risking infecting those around them.
What do you do if you are infected by an individual
who knowingly has coronavirus?
In any case, a negligence claim justifies compensation for the victim, but many people might not know that fact can transfer to that of spreading illness. Though the death rate is low, we still do not know the long-term consequences that can occur from contracting the virus after recovering. In such a case, you are capable of filing a claim against someone if you believe that that individual knowingly or intently spread the disease to you.
This does not imply that you should accuse everyone around you of giving you
COVID-19 in hopes to win compensation. This situation is a very difficult case to win, and you will need a lot of evidence to prove that the opposing party was negligent or infecting you intentionally.
Claims such as this one are here to protect those who fall victim to malicious intent. An example of a case that may win compensation would be a situation such as a protest in which an individual who is knowingly infected with coronavirus goes out in hopes of purposefully infecting individuals he or she may disagree with.
Filing for negligence is not limited to this specific situation, but you must be aware of your experiences and interactions with particular individuals during this turbulent time.
If you or a loved one believes that you may have contracted the coronavirus through the negligence of another person and want to be compensated, contact The Ledger Law Firm. Their expert attorneys may be able to represent your case or advise you as to which actions to take for your best possible outcome.