What exactly is Coronavirus or COVID-19?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause a wide variety of illnesses, ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. The one identified in January 2020 was a new strain which had not previously been found in humans and was soon named the COVID-19 virus.
By March 2020 the rapid increase in cases outside of China (where the virus is believed to have originated) led the World Health Organisation to declare the outbreak as a pandemic. Europe fast became the epicentre and by the end of April over 60% of all deaths related to the virus worldwide were within this region.
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the dramatic changes it has necessitated to people’s lives, have been well publicised. Whilst the risks of not isolating at home are known and understood, key workers have continued to serve the nation and in doing so have put their own lives at risk. In some cases they have been asked to do this without appropriate protective equipment or without adequate safety measures put in place and have suffered severe illness, or sadly died, as a consequence.
If a worker has passed away having contracted Coronavirus as a result of their employment there may well be grounds for the family to pursue a claim of Coronavirus Negligence.
Making a Claim
There is no adequate compensation scheme in place for key workers and other workers such as warehouse staff, delivery drivers, public transport employees, police, firefighters, teachers, pharmacists and carers. It is doubtful that anything will be developed and this means that there is no financial support for the families of these key workers should they sadly contract COVID-19 whilst performing their duties and pass away.
How do I make a claim?
If you contact us at the earliest opportunity, we can help you consider every aspect of your claim. We totally understand that it can be a very upsetting and unsettling time, but the sooner we speak the easier it is to capture all the details of your case. Should you decide to go ahead with your claim we can then start to work towards securing the compensation you deserve.
Our initial free consultation will provide you with all the information you need to consider your options. We will apply our specialist knowledge and expertise to put together your case, including the proof that you will need to show that the virus was indeed contracted as a result of employment.
As well as confirming where the liability lies, we can also give you an indication of the kind of compensation payment you may be likely to receive.
Coronavirus and COVID-19 Claims
What will it cost to pursue my claim?
These are times of great financial uncertainty and we wholly appreciate that you may already have lost your own income as a result of Coronavirus restrictions. For this reason we are happy to take on your case on a No Win No Fee basis which means that you will incur no costs unless your claim is successful*.
Even when you win your case, the majority of your legal expenses will be paid by the other side and any other costs will simply be deducted from your total compensation amount.
*Please note: This is subject to a No Win No Fee agreement having been signed with us (in conjunction with our insurers) and the terms of that agreement having been met by both parties.
How long do I have to make a claim?
The general rule is that a claim must be made within 3 years of the negligence having taken place. Current COVID-19-related restrictions may result in delays within the usual process of constructing a case and we therefore recommend that you commence with your claim as soon as possible.
How long will it take to receive compensation?
This depends on the individual circumstances of the negligence in question and whether the employer in question has admitted liability. As the pandemic continues there is also a strong possibility of investigations taking a little longer than they normally would, but we will strive to expedite the process as much as we can. Working upon your behalf, we will ensure that we take the time necessary to consider and include every aspect of your future needs in the final compensation value.
Our team will of course keep you updated throughout the process to tell you how your case is progressing.
Why should I choose BRM Legal?
At BRM Legal we understand the trauma and emotions which can surround a case of negligence. Whilst COVID-19 may be a relatively new virus, the effect which it has on those left behind when a loved one dies is no less traumatic. It may well be that you were even denied the opportunity to be there when it mattered to you, and to grieve when you needed to. We don’t solely concentrate on your loss; we consider everything that the situation has put you through and how it is likely to change your future.
Coronavirus and COVID-19 Claims
Our compassionate team have a huge amount of experience in the field of Negligence and will offer you valuable, personalised support as well as fighting hard for the compensation you deserve. Whilst no two cases are ever the same, we can certainly recognise when duty of care has been neglected.
We know that a negligence claim is not something which anyone enters into lightly and our professionalism ensures that we fight your case armed with knowledge and facts to address genuine wrong-doing.
Focussed On Your Needs
What should I do now?
If you think that your loved one was affected or has died as a result of Coronavirus Negligence then contact us today. Our friendly, approachable team will listen and will talk you through your options in an entirely free consultation.
If you need our services or simply need help & advice, call us now on:
0845 838 7089