COVID-19 Attorneys in Troy, Michigan

Troy Coronavirus Attorneys

The coronavirus pandemic has made life difficult for virtually everyone in the country, but matters get even worse when professional negligence and wrongdoing arise. From elders staying in nursing homes to prisoners behind bars, people from all walks of life are facing increased hardships and coronavirus dangers due to the mistakes or intentional misconduct of various parties. Even some people who simply want to be tested for COVID-19 or have the opportunity to a safe environment in shared quarters are shocked to find that their civil rights may have been violated.

At Oliver Law Group P.C., we believe that standing together is the only way we can be stronger by the time the pandemic ends. If we want to be united, then we have to address negligence and wrongdoing directly and through legal channels. Our attorneys in Southeast Michigan are proudly bringing various coronavirus claims and lawsuits on behalf of people just like you who need justice now more than ever.

We Are Currently Accepting the Following Types of Claims:

  • Coronavirus deaths in assisted living facilities: Across the country, nursing homes, assisted care facilities, and group housing units are being accused of taking inefficient safety measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus within their walls.
  • Coronavirus dangers and issues in prisons: Coronavirus outbreaks in prisons have unreasonably put prisoners at risk of contracting the disease. Some have demanded early release to maintain social distancing, only to be denied due to discriminatory reasons.
  • Denial of business interruption insurance: Companies big and small are fighting with insurance companies to collect business interruption insurance payments as promised and paid for through their policies.
  • Civil rights violations caused by selective COVID-19 testing: Widespread COVID-19 testing is necessary to bring the virus’s spread under control, but many are struggling to get access to a test due to discrimination that constitutes a civil rights violation.
  • Federal CARES Act benefits filings: You might be able to get various benefits through the CARES Act, but actually obtaining those benefits can be harder than it seems due to complications in the process.
  • Irresponsible business practices leading to COVID-19 infection: In a desperate attempt to remain operational, some companies have wrongfully claimed their business is “essential” and ignored stay-at-home orders. Many businesses that are actually essential have forced their employees into unsafe working conditions. Because of this, workers are at high risk and many have become ill.

Michigan Laws that Address COVID-19

As we all learn to live with the coronavirus pandemic, states have begun to pass more concrete and long-standing laws to better adapt to the ongoing situation and protect those who may be affected. On October 22, 2020, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed into law several bills regarding COVID-19.

These Include Protections for Employees and Employers Under the Following Acts:

  • HB 6030: Known as the “COVID-19 Response and Reopening Liability Assurance Act,” this bill grants immunity from tort liability in COVID-19 claims for an entity (individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies, etc.) that acted in compliance with COVID-19 related laws, rules, regulations, and orders that “had not been denied legal effect at the time of the conduct or risk that allegedly caused harm.” This means that employers cannot be held liable for COVID-19 claims if they were complying with local and federal regulations in effect at the time the event that allegedly caused harm occurred.
  • HB 6031: Like HB 6030, this House Bill provides immunity from liability for a Michigan employee’s exposure to COVID-19 if their employer was operating in compliance with COVID-19 related laws and guidelines at the time of the exposure. HB 6031 amends the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act.
  • HB 6032: This bill provides new protections for Michigan’s employees, such as:
    • Employees who test positive for COVID-19, are showing symptoms of the virus, or come into close contact with someone who has the disease are not required to report to work until it is deemed safe to do so.
    • Employers are prohibited from firing, disciplining, or retaliating against employees who comply with this law.
      • However, the protections under this act do not apply to employees who have symptoms of COVID-19 but fail to make a reasonable effort to schedule a COVID-19 test within three days after being asked to get tested by the employer.
  • SB 0886: This Senate Bill amended the Michigan Employment Security Act to add several new provisions concerning unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Amendments include:
    • The maximum period to receive benefits has been expanded from 20 weeks a year to 26 weeks;
    • Eligibility requirements for unemployment benefits related to COVID-19 have been broadened; and
    • Employers have been relieved from being charged for benefits paid through December 31, 2020.

HB 6030, HB 6031, and HB 6032 have all been made effective retroactively to March 1, 2020. This means that you may be able to file a COVID-19 claim if you have been affected by COVID-19 at work, even if it has already been several months since the conduct or risk that caused you harm occurred.

If you have any questions about Michigan’s laws and regulations related to the pandemic and how they affect you, please reach out to our Troy COVID-19 lawyers at any time.

If you need our help with any of these coronavirus-related cases and claims, please do not hesitate to reach out to our law firm. Request a free initial consultation, during which we can review the key elements of your claim to see how we can assist you. From our office in Troy, we represent clients throughout Southeast Michigan.