Can I Sue A Healthcare Provider For A Coronavirus-Related Wrongful Death?

The worldwide spread of the novel coronavirus has shown many of us the worst — and the best — qualities of our peers. While many of us have seen monumental and irresponsible indifference from groups of people still acting as if nothing was going on, others have taken note of the simple acts of kindness between individuals who know the worst is yet to come. Some of the “worst” will be most prevalent in our hospitals.

The nurses and doctors fighting on the frontlines of this outbreak are the most at risk population by far. They are the most likely to become infected even after all the protective measures they take on a daily basis. 

And that’s why a judge is very unlikely to want to hear your personal injury, medical malpractice, or wrongful death lawsuit.

To put it bluntly, they will have bigger fish to fry after all is said and done. And that’s assuming you even get your case in front of a judge. First, you’ll need to find a personal injury attorney willing to take on your case. For that to happen, it needs to have merit. Frivolous lawsuits have no place in courtrooms when thousands of people might soon be dying in our tight-knit communities.

How might you successfully build a wrongful death lawsuit? The easiest scenario in which you might have a good case might occur when a loved one is placed into quarantine following an assumed infection, but only becomes infected because of a continued presence at the hospital. Being placed in isolation for no reason is no joke, and healthcare providers should take every precaution to avoid bumbling standard operating procedures or laboratory results.

Our hospitals will soon run low on supplies. It might be possible to build a lawsuit against a third party if your loved one passed away because those supplies were missing. For example, our president could have guaranteed our healthcare providers had enough coronavirus testing kits for patients who show symptoms of the virus, but he failed to make that move. The government will almost certainly be sued for this outbreak at some point.

But the best option for you and your loved ones is simply to avoid becoming infected at all. That means washing your hands at every opportunity, taking a hot shower after every trip outdoors, and self-quarantining as soon as you show symptoms.

Social distancing now means more lives saved from this dangerous virus down the road. Don’t take it lightly! We’re all responsible for reducing the impacts of this mess.