The novel (new) coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is caused by a family of viruses that have not been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it can be spread from animals or person to person. The virus has spread from Asia to the United States, Europe, and other countries. As of the time of this writing, more than 198,000 people have been infected in more than 80 countries. This has led the World Health Organisation (WHO) to declare it a global pandemic. President Trump also declared a national emergency in response to the virus. Schools, restaurants, bars, casinos, and stores across the country have been closed for the time being to try to contain and slow the spread of the virus.

Recognizing the Symptoms of Coronavirus

It is important to identify the signs and symptoms of coronavirus so you can seek proper care.

Those who have contracted the virus are reported to have pneumonia-like symptoms, such as:

  • Cough

  • Fever

  • Shortness of breath

  • Runny nose

  • Sore throat

  • Pain or pressure in the chest

As with other viral illnesses, antibiotics do not work in fighting the infection. Currently, there is no known vaccine for coronavirus, but health officials are working on one, but that could take up to a year for approval. Recovery depends on the strength of the immune system. The elderly and those people with underlying health conditions or compromised immune systems are most susceptible to serious and life-threatening complications.

Liability for Contracting the Illness

The economic repercussions and health consequences of an illness like coronavirus could be life-changing, and the financial hardship has the potential to significantly impact a family. People all over the world have been laid off or put on reduced pay.

Many deaths related to coronavirus have taken place in nursing homes. The state of Washington has the highest number of fatalities due to the virus. Staff at the Life Care Center nursing home in Kirkland, Wash., originally thought they were dealing with a typical influenza outbreak. Information later released by the nursing home and authorities point to missed opportunities that would have limited exposure to spreading coronavirus at the facility.

In other situations, medical malpractice may play a role if a person is misdiagnosed. If a patient is told by a doctor that he or she does not have coronavirus, and that person does not self-quarantine, the chance is high that he or she can spread the virus to someone else. In addition, his or her condition may worsen, ultimately leading to wrongful death. Although each case is unique, legal action may be necessary to hold a responsible party liable for your pain and suffering.

Contact an Illinois Personal Injury Lawyer

This is an unprecedented time in our nation’s history. The outbreak of COVID-19 has impacted millions of Americans, including here in Illinois. If you or your loved one is showing signs of the virus, it is imperative that you seek medical attention. In some cases, a positive test result could mean you were exposed to the disease due to the negligence of another party. Our knowledgeable Chicago coronavirus injury attorneys will review the details of your case to determine liability. Your health and safety are important to us, and we will do everything we can to make sure you receive the compensation you need and deserve. Attorney Christopher S. Livas and Medical Legal Consultant Lauren A. O’Keefe utilize a well-rounded and informed approach for every client and their personal injury case. Call us today at 312-804-6102 to schedule your free consultation.

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/18/coronavirus-symptoms-what-are-they-doctor-covid-19

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