Did You Contract COVID-19 in a San Antonio Hospital?
The coronavirus pandemic has affected every aspect of American life. Over a million Americans—including nearly 40,000 Texans—have contracted the virus, and that number continues to rise. And tragically, many of these cases could have been prevented. Far too many Americans have contracted the novel coronavirus through another party’s negligence or lack of proper precaution. Did you contract COVID-19 in a San Antonio hospital? If so, you may have grounds for a coronavirus lawsuit in San Antonio due to the hospital’s negligence. Luckily, our experts in San Antonio are here to help. Read on to learn more from our San Antonio injury lawyers at Carabin Shaw.Contracting Coronavirus While Working at a Hospital
Healthcare workers across the country are striking for hazard pay and personal protective equipment (PPE), since many nurses and doctors are being forced to risk their lives every day on the job. And many other healthcare workers and their unions are suing hospitals for failing to provide them with the necessary PPE they need to protect themselves from the deadly novel coronavirus.
If you are a healthcare worker, you should know that your employer has a legal duty of care to provide you a safe work environment—and that their failure to do so may legally constitute negligence.What Constitutes Negligence During a Pandemic?
Negligence occurs when a person or entity fails to act reasonably and does not exercise the degree of care expected in order to minimize the risk of harm to a person to whom they owe a duty of care.
But what might that look like under the current coronavirus pandemic? Right now, there are no definitive answers. However, hospitals or other healthcare facilities may be considered negligent toward their employees if:
- They failed to provide adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) for all healthcare workers
- They penalized employees for bringing their own PPE to work, or forbade employees from wearing homemade PPE due to equipment shortages
- They forced employees to come back to work before the end of the recommended 14-day quarantine period, or forced employees to work while showing COVID symptoms
- They punished whistleblowers who spoke up about unsafe work conditions
- They forced employees to share or reuse PPE
- They delayed action in implementing infection control protocols
If your employer did any of the above actions during the pandemic, you may have grounds to pursue legal action against your workplace in order to seek damages for negligence. But first, you’ll need to contact a qualified attorney who specializes in personal injury law.Did You Contract COVID-19 in a San Antonio Hospital? Contact a Qualified Attorney Today for a Free Consultation
If you contracted COVID-19 while working in a local hospital, you may have grounds for a successful coronavirus lawsuit in San Antonio. And our attorneys at Carabin Shaw want to help you however we can in these difficult times. Our team of experts have been helping victims of negligence for more than two decades, and our lawyers have more than 200 years of combined legal experience.
We firmly believe that negligent hospitals should be held liable for exposing vulnerable medical workers to the novel coronavirus, and we want to do whatever we can to help you secure compensation for your injuries. And because your initial consultation is free, you have nothing to lose by giving us a call today and learning more about how we can help you.
So reach out to Carabin Shaw’s San Antonio office today at 210-222-2288 to receive your free consultation with an expert lawyer, and to find out how our San Antonio injury lawyers can help.