COVID-19 and the Risk of Getting Sued


By Scott Welker, Attorney, Vial Fotheringham LLP In American law, there is a long, quiet history of the ill suing the people who made them ill.  Dating at least back to the 1800s, defendants have been held liable in court for negligently spreading infectious diseases.  These cases have run the gambit, including lawsuits for the spread of tuberculosis (1953), smallpox (1910), typhoid fever (1896), and whooping cough (1884), just to name a few.  In more modern times, lawsuits regarding the spread of sexually transmitted diseases have become common. Now we are in the age of COVID-19.  We are already seeing the [...]