When the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the nation, the Government issued advice to employers about how to keep workplaces clean and ‘COVID Safe’. Employers needed to carry out their own detailed risk assessments while also carefully implementing any measures recommended by the government.
The pandemic saw many businesses unprepared for the virus and, undoubtedly, many employees caught the virus at work, when they would have otherwise not been at risk. By being unprepared and not following the strict guidance provided, businesses are now at risk of being found at fault if an employee contracted the virus at work. This is because employers have a legal duty to their employees to take reasonable care for both their health and safety.
The effects of COVID-19 vary significantly from person to person. Some people had no symptoms and were unaware they were infected, while others had difficulty breathing, high temperatures and needed to be hospitalised. Sadly, more than 128,000 people died after contracting the infection.
If you feel you, or a loved one you lost, contracted COVID-19 at work because your employer did not have the right procedures or personal protective equipment (PPE) in place, then you may have a claim for compensation.
GA’s experienced industrial disease team can work on a no win, no fee basis and support you with your COVID-19 claim every step of the way. The team is ranked in renowned legal directories, The Legal 500 and Chambers UK so you can be assured you are in the best possible hands.