On March 29, 2021, the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, signed into law SB72, “Liability Protections for COVID-19-Related Claims” granting liability protections against COVID-related injury and death claims. This law protects health care providers, businesses, religious organizations, governmental entities, and individuals against civil liability by applying a heightened standard of proof for plaintiffs claiming damages due to COVID-19.
The goal of the legislation is to protect frontline workers and other health professionals and help businesses reopen. Senate President Wilton Simpson stated, “Our hardworking and dedicated health care providers have been on the front lines of this pandemic from day one, putting their own health in jeopardy to help others. Meanwhile, businesses across Florida are doing the best they can to safely reopen and keep people employed during a period of extreme uncertainty. The last thing we want is for businesses and health care providers, who do the right thing, to face a constant threat of frivolous lawsuits that hamper their ability to serve their patients and customers.”
While it may be true that some lawsuits are “frivolous,” I maintain a very high level of integrity in my practice in personal injury law. I feel a duty to help individuals in their pursuit of justice and compensation against large organizations and big businesses and never file frivolous suits. If you believe you have been harmed due to COVID-related negligence, reach out to me. We will discuss the circumstances and determine if arguing based on COVID is the best approach, or if there are other acts of negligence that took place that may be more likely to prevail in court.