Can COVID-19 Constitute a Personal Injury Claim?

As the coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic continues to affect people across the world, new illness-related impacts develop daily. In addition to its physical toll, COVID-19 has had immense economic consequences worldwide.

You’ve taken the necessary precautions, but even still, you may end up sick because of the carelessness of another. When this happens, can COVID-19 constitute a personal injury claim? The personal injury lawyers at H. Lehman Franklin, P.C., are here to keep you informed!

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Personal Injury: Illness-Related Negligence

Under the law, personal injuries can be defined as any physical, mental, or emotional injury caused by another’s actions. Such actions could be a lapse in judgment or sheer negligence.

How can this definition be applied to COVID-19?

Contracting the Illness

Depending on where you live, you can expect that certain coronavirus guidelines are followed to stop the spread. Anyone residing in the following places may be at a higher risk:

  • Jails
  • Nursing Homes
  • Hospitals

If your caretakers did not follow certain sanitation or PPE (personal protective equipment) guidelines, they may be to blame for your contracting coronavirus. In these cases, you could consider a personal injury claim.

COVID-19 Related Care or Treatment

COVID-19 may also constitute a personal injury claim if your illness or condition worsened because of poor care. Doctors, nurses, or any other caretakers not taking the right steps to administer treatment can be at fault for a steep decline in your health.

Can You Prove It’s a Personal Injury?

While it may seem obvious to you that you contracted coronavirus or your illness was worsened by another’s actions, you still need to concretely prove it. Your COVID-19 personal injury claim will not succeed without the right evidence.

What counts as evidence in your personal injury case?

  • Witness testimonies
  • Medical records or other written documents
  • Video footage, pictures, or audio recordings

Find a Team with the Experience to Fight for You

Proving who was at fault in your personal injury case is the hard part. Even with evidence, you’re going to need some help to achieve a just outcome.

The team at our firm has been fighting in personal injury cases for years. Together, H. Lehman Franklin, Jr., and Kimberly S. Ward offer up 30+ years of legal experience, and now they’re ready to help you.

In fighting your case, they want to help you secure due compensation for your illness. This can help cover leftover medical bills, lost wages, and other coronavirus related bills and expenses. With these debts paid, you can return to a normal, comfortable way of living.

Schedule a Free Personal Injury Consultation

Do you think you might have a personal injury on your hands related to COVID-19? As this illness and its effects are still developing, you’ll want to speak to an attorney to determine if you should file.

H. Lehman Franklin, P.C., offers free personal injury consultations. We’ll review your case, and if we can file now, we’ll begin plotting a course of action right away.

Call us to schedule your personal injury consultation today!