Coronavirus spreads quickest through close proximity to virus carriers and touching shared surfaces and objects. Public transportation systems are often close quarters, with many riders standing or sitting shoulder-to-shoulder. Many people have avoided taking public transportation during the COVID-19 outbreak, but what about public transportation drivers?
Many public transit drivers cannot afford to stay home from work until the pandemic is over and are performing their jobs every day. So, what happens if a public transportation driver gets coronavirus as a result of their job?
What Steps Should Public Transit Employers Take During the COVID-19 Pandemic?
The CDC requires employers of public transit operators to implement safety plans to protect employees during the COVID-19 outbreak. Employers should provide physical barriers or measures, such as physical partitions (tape, floor decals) or signs to remind people to stand at least six feet apart from public transportation drivers and passengers.
In addition to this, employers should force sick employees to stay home and self-quarantine, provide employees with hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and other sanitary equipment, and encourage employees to practice proper COVID-19 prevention measures (frequent handwashing, wearing gloves, masks). If a public transit employer fails to follow COVID-19 prevention measures or does not provide employees access to gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, and other coronavirus prevention equipment, they could be sued for negligence.
Can You Sue an Employer If You Get Coronavirus at Work?
Workers compensation claims are complex and it can be impossible to determine if you have a valid workers compensation claim without adequate legal knowledge. If you were infected with coronavirus as a public transportation driver, you need to speak with an attorney immediately. If you contracted the virus on the job and can prove that it was caused by your employer’s negligence, you can file a workers compensation claim with an attorney. Speaking with an attorney can determine if you have grounds for suing your employer and provides access to resources that can strengthen your COVID-19 worker’s compensation claim.
If you were infected with coronavirus as a public transportation driver, and need help from an experienced workers compensation attorney, Burger Law is prepared to fight for your case. Our worker’s compensation attorneys have won settlements for many worker’s compensation claims and can make sure that you win the recovery that you are due because of your employer’s negligence. To discuss your COVID-19 worker’s compensation claim with an experienced attorney at Burger Law, call 314-542-2222 or 618-272-2222 for a free consultation.