Coronavirus (COVID-19) has already had an immeasurable impact on the population, leaving people confused as to how to prevent exposure, what to do if they suspect they may be infected, and what options are available to them as they face new challenges posed by this ever evolving situation. The impact of coronavirus could potentially disrupt the flow of legal and economic transactions that could our economy together. We would like our clients and the public to know that we sympathize with your during these uncertain times and stand prepared to fight for justice on your behalf.
While we are just beginning to feel the impact of the Government Orders restricting personal movement and business in the United States, our firm is already developing strategies to combat any potential obstacles or delays the may come as a result. We have created this page to keep our client and the public informed of the latest coronavirus developments, and we will provide periodic updates with substantive information about ensuring legal issues, government orders, and business policies to give you a clear picture of the circumstances that may affect you, your family, or your case.
As always, our attorneys are available 24/7 to answer any questions that you may have. Please check this page regularly as we go through this event together.
WebMD has created an interactive map which tracks the total number of confirmed cases and coronavirus-related deaths at the national and state level.
View the full map at: https://www.webmd.com/coronavirus
Thomas J. Henry Law will continue to provide breaking news and updates as they are released. Any vital firm updates will be relayed to our clients directly.
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What Is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus is being used as a shorthand for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and is part of a family of viruses that can cause respiratory illness in people. COVID-19 is one of seven types of known human coronaviruses along with the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) coronavirus and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus.
How Many Cases Are There in the U.S.?
As of July 20, 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is aware of 3,761,362 confirmed cases in the United States which have resulted in a total of 140,157 deaths. Please note, these counts are likely to change.
How Does Coronavirus (COVID-19) Spread?
The virus is spread mainly from person-to-person. This includes between people who are within close contact to one another (within roughly 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
It may also be possible to get coronavirus (COVID-19) by touching a surface that the virus is on then touching one’s own mouth, nose, or eyes.
How Easily Does the Virus Spread?
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is highly contagious and has spread to the point of being labelled a pandemic. Different parts of the country are experiencing different levels of activity, but the country as a whole remains in the initiation phase. It is likely more cases will be confirmed as the virus continues to spread and increased testing identifies new cases.
What are the Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Symptoms most often reported in cases of coronavirus include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. If you develop shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, or bluish lips or face, you should seek emergency medical attention immediately
Do I Need to be Tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
If you develop symptoms like fever, cough, or shortness of breath, and have been in close contact with a person know to have coronavirus (COVID-19) or have recently traveled from an area with widespread case of coronavirus (COVID-19), then the CDC advises that you remain at home and contact your healthcare provider.
Your doctor will be able to determined if your symptoms suggest coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and whether or not you should be tested.
How Can I Protect Myself and Family from Infection?
The best action you and your loved ones can take to prevent infection is washing your hands. It is recommended that you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. You may also wash your hands often throughout the day.
Other preventive measures include avoiding close contact with people who are sick and through practicing social distancing (i.e. avoiding groups of people whenever possible.)
Who is Most At Risk for Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Those at a higher risk of coronavirus infection include:
What Legal Options Do I Have If I Contract Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
There are several factors to consider when it comes to the viability of a coronavirus (COVID-19) lawsuit – and because of the unique circumstances surrounding the pandemic, each potential claim would have to be reviewed on a case-by-case scenario.
The best thing you can do if you have questions about obtaining compensation for an infection caused by negligence or reckless behavior is contact an experienced injury attorney for a free consultation and case review.
Is My Attorney Still Working on My Claim?
Yes. Our attorneys and supporting staff will continue to work throughout this event. We remain available 24/7, nights and weekends, and our robust technology and telecommunication systems allow us to represent our clients and pursue their claims without interruption.
Can I File a New Personal Injury Claim During Coronavirus?
Yes. Accidents are still going to occur during the coronavirus pandemic, and people will still need access to experienced personal injury attorneys. If you have been injured in an accident and have questions concerning your options, or if you have contacted another attorney and have doubts about their ability to properly represent you during COVID-19, call Thomas J. Henry Law immediately for a FREE case review.