COVID-19 Enters the Litigation Arena

As we approach month seven of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are confronted with more questions than we have answers. One question that is becoming progressively common involves the ability of someone adversely impacted by COVID-19 to bring a lawsuit. Although COVID-19 litigation is unknown to our legal system, based on the number of lawsuits already filed, it will not remain unknown for long.

Which areas of law apply to these lawsuits? Thus far, the majority of COVID-19 lawsuits appear to fall primarily within the following categories. The first category is comprised of insurance-related disputes, such as those involving business interruption policies. Second are the lawsuits challenging various government mandated safety orders, such as the closure of businesses and stay at home orders. And finally, many lawsuits concerning prisoner rights claims have been filed, which include issues related to confinement conditions. Given the severity of the virus, a number of wrongful death lawsuits have also been filed. Lawsuits of this nature will likely be based, at least in part, on the failure of businesses to comply with health and safety guidelines.

Firm partner Mo Aziz was recently retained by the widow of a man who passed away after accepting a delivery from an employee who tested positive for COVID-19. During these unfamiliar times, finding an experienced attorney with the motivation to advocate amidst the uncertainty is critical. The attorneys of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner have hit the ground running, and have already begun to unravel the unknown to fight for the rights of those impacted by this deadly virus.

If you or someone you know has questions regarding a loss or potential claim resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, contact the law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling (713) 222-7211 or toll free at 713-222-7211.