The world is slowly emerging out of the global shutdown caused by the rampant spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19. Businesses are starting up again as people start returning to work. The biggest challenges that the world’s governments have had to face are walking the fine line between saving lives and saving their economies. Until recently, saving lives has been the priority, but it is now time to get the economies going again.
The unfortunate and challenging part of the economic rebooting process is that the virus has not burnt out. And, as people start moving around again, the infection rates and deaths are going to start climbing again. The biggest challenge that the world is facing is that no one knows what the future holds. The new normal is here, but because of several unknowns, we are still uncertain of how to navigate a world where the COVID-19 virus will be around for a long time.
Reasons for filing a personal injury claim against a third-party
As described above, because the world is changing rapidly, state and federal governments are issuing different orders regularly; therefore, there is a good chance that certain types of personal injury claims will increase, while others like those linked to road accidents will keep on decreasing.
Let’s look at a few of the reasons why, according to the Atlanta personal injury attorneys, people could file personal injury claims during the post-COVID-19 era.
Medical malpractice relating to COVID-19 nursing home care
Nursing homes are facing continued and increasing scrutiny over the way they have handled the COVID-19 crisis as well as the high number of nursing home deaths. The Wall Street Journal notes that about 50,000 people have died from COVID-19 related complications in nursing homes.
Family members who have lost loved ones in this scenario might feel justified in filing a personal injury claim against the nursing home in question. Juxtapositionally, nursing homes are considering asking the state and federal government to grant them immunity from medical malpractice claims.
Failure to adhere to social distancing
Businesses have been given a strict set of rules that they have to adhere to when they reopen. However, there is no guarantee that businesses that interact with the public, such as retail stores, as well as restaurants and eateries, will observe these social distancing requirements. Therefore, if you or a family member can prove that you contracted the virus from a customer-facing business that is not adhering to the legal post-COVID-19 requirement, you have a right to file a personal injury claim against the business.
At this juncture, it is essential to note that the burden of proof is on the plaintiff or the person who files the personal injury claim. The defendant does not have to prove the case. Therefore, it’s vital to speak to a legal expert before you start the process of submitting the claim to the nearest civil court. A personal injury claim, especially a medical malpractice claim, is costly, time-consuming, and very difficult to prove in court.