Last year, we published ‘A Guide to COVID-19 Injury Claims’, on our website.
Our publication is now in its 4th iteration (accurate up to 12 March 2021) and can be accessed here.
The main aim of this claims handling guide is to investigate whether a surging wave of employers’ liability/public liability (EL/PL) claims will prevail from the global pandemic – and if so, from who and alleging what?
In doing so, we analyse the infectious nature of SARS-CoV-2 virus (and the various variants) and the outcomes of COVID-19 disease. We rely on epidemiological papers, statistical data and Associated Press reports to gauge which workplaces have been worst hit by viral transmission and what measures could and should have been taken to curb this risk. Having then investigated the emerging claims infrastructure, we go on to consider the key duties owed by employers and local authorities and provide an overview of the relevant legal framework underpinning negligence liability.
N.B. The scientific and regulatory landscape on COVID-19 is ever-changing, so whilst this latest 4th edition can be seen as the most refined copy, previous versions are by no means redundant and can provide an insightful glimpse into the past.