What if I lost a loved one after I brought COVID home from work?

| Feb 9, 2021 | Personal Injury |

Many continue to work through the pandemic, but employers aren’t always transparent about the risks. Anyone in the family could pay the price when workers are exposed, and it can be hard to know where to turn.

Businesses across the country could be responsible for thousands of deaths to family members after employees contracted COVID-19 at work. If an employer showed signs of negligence in their decision-making that led to the untimely passing of a family member, you might have an avenue for compensation.

Taking trouble home

In what appears to be the first its kind, the family of a worker from Aurora Packing Company in North Aurora, Illinois, filed a “take home” wrongful death suit. The action takes a page from the book on asbestos litigation, when workers might have been bringing health dangers home to the rest of the household.

While workers’ compensation may be the answer for employees, the death in the suit was the wife of a worker. She allegedly caught the illness after the company failed to take any preventative actions or notify workers during an outbreak at her husband’s facility.

Paying the price

The family could be entitled to help with the high price of losing a loved one. Compensation for the lofty emotional toll, healthcare bills and missing income may all be on the table.

Proving the connection between negligence and infection can be difficult, but it is a crucial part of recovering after losing a loved one. Make sure you know what could lead to such a claim, and you may have found your way forward.