Can I make a Covid-19 claim?
The coronavirus pandemic has stretched to almost every country in the world. The UK has suffered particularly high rates of infection and, unfortunately, many fatalities.
A heavy burden has been placed on employers to ensure that their employees remain safe. This includes allowing them to work from home wherever possible. Where this isn’t an option then the employer has a duty to make the workplace a safe environment for their employees.
Employers have been advised to carry out detailed risk assessments, provide PPE to their employees, implement social distancing measures, provide extra hand washing facilities and provide a safe work system to protect their staff.
Where an employer has failed to implement a safe place of work, and you become ill as a result then you may be able to make a Covid-19 claim for compensation.
However, such claims are not easy to pursue. You not only have to show that the employer breached its duty of care, but that you caught Covid as a direct result of that breach rather than from another source.