If I pick up Coronavirus on the jobsite, is someone liable? Do I have some sort of workers comp or personal injury claim?
Possibly both. If you were exposed to the novel coronavirus onsite as a result of your job requirements and came down with Covid-19, you may have a workers’ compensation claim. If you contracted the virus from the negligence of a person who worked at a different company, you might have a civil personal injury claim against the other company and individual. For example, imagine a subcontractor on a jobsite fails to require its employees to follow social distancing, PPE protocols for wearing masks, or allows infected workers to continue working on a multi-employer site. If you catch Covid-19 from the employee of another company, you could have a personal injury claim against the other company.
-Anthony L. Label, Esq., Trial Team Leader; The Veen Firm, PC, San Francisco, CA
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This Month's Expert; Anthony L. Label, Esq.
Anthony L. Label is a team leader of the Label trial team at the The Veen Firm, PC, in San Francisco, CA. Mr. Label represents people who have suffered severe personal injuries which have a life-changing, career-changing, life-ending, or career-ending impact. He represents plaintiffs in actions arising from construction site accidents, industrial accidents, dangerous premises, auto accidents, wrongful death, governmental or public entity liability, defective products, and others. In 2013, Mr. Label was invited for membership to the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and currently holds the record for the largest recovery in the history of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s lawyer referral service program.