Friday, May 15, 2020

Are we going to see a spike in coronavirus liability claim cases?

Here's an interesting (if depressing) thought: with stores and other businesses opening up and the pandemic virus still stalking the earth, are we going to see a whole load of court cases, with employees or even customers suing businesses for not doing enough to protect them, resulting in them catching the virus?
You'd think it would be hard to prove, but that never stopped people from suing, did it? And some large law firms are definitely gearing up for a potential tsunami of cases. For once, US Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell was on the ball when he opined recently, "We can't pass [another stimulus] bill unless we have liability protection" to protect businesses.
Between this and the fact that business insurance policies may exclude pandemics from their coverage, you can see why some businesses may be second-guessing whether or not they should even open up.

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