When A Business's Negligence Leads To Virus Exposure: What You Can Do
It is the duty of a business owner to protect their customers from dangers, both seen and unseen. One dangerous, yet invisible, thing included on this list is communicable viruses. When a place of business is aware of a risk of spread and they do nothing about it, the suffering they cause to those impacted by the virus could leave them negligent.
Duty to Inform
A business always has the duty to inform those who enter their building of any potential risks. A perfect example of this would be the wet floor signage often seen in businesses. If there is an increased concern that there is a contagious medical concern circulating around a business, they must provide the clients that come into the building with a warning.
It is up to the individual to then assess the risk and make their own determination as to whether or not they want to put themselves at risk. When a business takes away an individual's ability to calculate risk and they get sick, their failure to inform could be to blame.
Particularly when it comes to medical facilities and health offices, negligent transmission is an especially valid concern. In these types of locations, it is common knowledge that sick people may, and have likely, entered the building. Therefore, the duty to inform is not as relevant.
However, because of this concern, these types of businesses must take added measures to prevent the spread of any communicable viruses through measures like enhanced exam and lobby sanitation practices, wearing gloves, and other measures. When these businesses do not follow these steps and someone becomes ill, this situation is thought to be the result of negligent transmission.
It is not enough to contract a virus and become ill. If this medical issue has caused a significant impact on your life, you need to be able to prove this negligence. Given the weight of this responsibility, it is best to partner with an attorney.
To prove negligence against a business for personal injury, you must prove that the business was aware of the communicable virus, failed to take protective measures to address it, and that your diagnosis is a direct result of your exposure at the business. This process can be complicated, and it takes a great deal of research and evidence collection.
Keep in mind; every situation is different. It is always a good idea to speak directly with an attorney to learn more about what your options might be.
For more information about personal injury claims, contact a law practice like Wolfe Jones Wolfe Hancock Daniel & South LLC.