Joliet, IL asked in Wrongful Death and Health Care Law for Illinois

Q: What legal action can I take against a business who consciously ignores covid regulations, which resulted in a death?

My mother recently passed away from covid. She works at a church that refuses to acknowledge covid and follow regulations. This church is a known hotspot for covid and they still refyse to follow any kind of safety rules. We know my mother caught the virus there and covid is listed on the death certificate as cause of death. Is there any kind of legal action we can take?

1 Lawyer Answer
Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: Unfortunately, none. If your mother was truly an employee of the Church, then her/your sole remedy is through Workers' Compensation, provided that the church carries Workers' Compensation insurance. If she was an employee but the Church had no WC insurance, you may be able to sue, civilly. Causation will be an obstacle because it is only implied for front-line workers.

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