Month: July 2020

Families File First Wave of Covid-19 Lawsuits Against Companies Over Worker Deaths

Employers across the country are being sued by the families of workers who contend their loved ones contracted lethal cases of Covid-19 on the job, a new legal front that shows the risks of reopening workplaces.

Walmart Inc., Safeway Inc., Tyson Foods Inc. and some health-care facilities have been sued for gross negligence or wrongful death since the coronavirus pandemic began unfolding in March. Employees’ loved ones contend the companies failed to protect workers from the deadly virus and should compensate their family members as a result. Workers who survived the virus also are suing to have medical bills, future earnings and other damages paid out.

Work-Related Car Accident? Is It Work Comp, Personal Injury…or Both?

When drivers are injured on the job, the usual remedy that they would pursue to be paid for their injuries is to file for workers’ compensation benefits.

There is a legal question involved as to what the proper remedy is when one is in a work-related car accident.

Injured workers wonder whether they must go through the workers’ compensation system or whether they can sue someone else. A public road is still a work environment if an employee is on company time.

The ideal situation is to be able to bring a personal injury claim although it is seldom allowed.

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