Can I Sue a Restaurant or Business if I Caught Covid-19 There?
It is very difficult to prove that a business is legally responsible for a COVID-19 infection. Companies in South Carolina and many other states have been released from personal liability for claims related to COVID-19 if they are following current safety guidelines and protocols. The COVID-19 Liability Immunity Act was passed to protect business owners from costly lawsuits and promote small businesses staying open in a precarious economy.
The crux of any personal injury lawsuit is demonstrating a causal link between someone’s negligence and someone else’s injury. It is hard, if not impossible, to provide the level of evidence necessary to show a court that a restaurant or other business is responsible for your damages caused by COVID-19. This is because the COVID-19 virus is widespread, easily transmissible and its incubation period is anywhere from 3 days to two weeks. Exposure and infection could have occurred anywhere a person went in that time.
Even though you probably will not be able to sue a business where you suspect you got COVID-19, there are still penalties for those that reject local, state or federal safety mandates.
Contact the Steinberg Law Firm
If you believe that you contracted COVID-19, or another illness, due to the negligence of a restaurant, contact the South Carolina personal injury lawyers at the Steinberg Law Firm. We have taken on injury cases of Covid-19 in some situations, particularly those in work place situations requiring exposure.
At the Steinberg Law Firm, we have been on the cutting edge of workers’ compensation and personal injury law for more than 90 years and have earned a reputation for being honest, aggressive, and dedicated advocates. As the country continues to deal with the challenges presented by the pandemic, Steinberg Law Firm is here to support you however we can. Call the Steinberg Law Firm at 843-720-2800 today to learn more about our firm and schedule a free consultation. Or you can connect with our personal injury lawyers through our online contact form.