Much has changed since January 2020. Terms like “social distancing” have entered our vocabularies. People have turned to face masks to halt or slow the spread of a deadly disease. In the legal world, COVID-19 lawsuits may soon overwhelm court systems across the country. The following types of lawsuits may become more commonly associated with COVID-19.
#1. COVID-19 Lawsuits for Medical Malpractice
Healthcare providers are held to certain standards of care. When medical errors injure patients, a medical malpractice case may cover the patient’s damages.
With COVID-19 lawsuits, patients might sue because healthcare providers misdiagnosed, underdiagnosed, or provided the wrong treatments to them. Also, hospitals may be held accountable for failing to provide safe, sanitary facilities.
#2. Travel/Tourism Industry Negligence
Travelers often put their lives in the hands of tourism-related companies, expecting to be kept safe. In some cases, COVID-19 lawsuits may arise because this did not happen.
For example, about 2500 tourists may file a class action lawsuit against Austrian authorities. People traveling in certain regions of Austria may have contracted coronavirus because the government failed to take swift action when faced with a possible outbreak.
People have been stranded on cruise ships or fallen ill because cruise ship operators also failed to act quickly to protect them. In other cases, travelers may find it difficult or impossible to get their money back for canceled trips.
When another person or company’s negligence injures you, you might have a personal injury claim.
#3. Nursing Home Negligence
Some of the most heartbreaking coronavirus deaths involve our most vulnerable citizens. Nursing homes already care for people with serious medical conditions and understand the risks. Protocols should be in place to make sure homes are providing the right standard of care.
However, a large number of coronavirus deaths were nursing home residents. If nursing homes failed their patients, then family members may consider litigation.
#4. Wrongful Death
When someone dies because of the wrongful act of another, the decedent’s loved ones might file a wrongful death action. Negligence is just one of the acts that could cause someone’s death.
People may develop the disease due to someone’s negligence. Also, someone with coronavirus who was likely to survive might die. In either case, COVID-19 lawsuits might ensue.
#5. Price Gouging and COVID-19 Lawsuits
When a seller charges higher-than-normal prices for either products or services during an emergency, it is called price gouging. And it’s usually against the law.
In addition to criminal penalties, companies that price gouge could face civil litigation. In fact, people have filed a number of class action lawsuits since COVID-19 began.
Parties often memorialize agreements in legal documents called contracts. With businesses shut down, and supply chains interrupted, many business operators may find they cannot fulfill the obligations of their contracts. Likewise, you may rely on someone with whom you have a contract only to find out they have to default. Finding legal remedies for situations like this may involve filing lawsuits.
#7. COVID-19 Lawsuits Challenging Government Policies and Actions
Finally, many people are upset with actions that state, local, and federal agencies have taken during the pandemic. Some lawsuits have already been filed challenging restrictions and guidelines that have inflicted significant damage on our economy. Only time will tell how these unprecedented legal actions will unfold.
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