First and foremost, we hope this email finds you and yours safe and healthy. The current COVID-19 crisis has affected all of us in many ways and the same is true for our businesses. Suddenly we found ourselves transitioning our employees to respond to shelter-in-place orders and trying to navigate the myriad of ever-evolving requirements and guidelines, all while trying to meet the challenges of running our businesses.
Now, as many states are reopening, we find ourselves in a similar position. But with reopening and phased reintegration of employees there are new concerns, challenges and potential liabilities. Our analysis and work thus far has identified three primary areas that should be addressed as we navigate this “new normal”:
• Challenges associated with the employee-employer relationship during a pandemic
• Data Privacy and Security Policies and Procedures
• Insurance Coverage, Claims, and Gaps
The implications of these areas are more apparent when we look at the current legal landscape and consider business interruption, the rapid deployment to enable remote work placing a greater volume of confidential information outside the workplace, and concerns that employees may have workplace-related COVID claims.
We want you to know you’re not alone in this. We are here to help you.
We know your time is valuable and as a special thank you, on June 30, 2020, Meggie, Bart and I will be hosting a live video conference from 12:00p-1:00p (CDT) for Fox Smith clients, to discuss in more detail some areas of concern and potential liabilities that have been generated by the current crisis, and how to address them. To RSVP for this discussion simply reply to this email.
For more information or if you currently have concerns you would like to discuss please contact Ryan Mohr, Meggie Gentzen or Bart Sullivan.
Tom Smith wins defense verdict in injury claim tried in St. Louis City Circuit Court. Plaintiff alleged serious and permanent injuries from an auto accident in which plaintiff’s vehicle was struck from behind by defendant’s car. Although defendant accepted responsibility for the accident, defendant contested the nature and extent of plaintiff’s injuries as well as cause and necessity of plaintiff’s medical treatment. Although plaintiff offered testimony from the medical provider regarding plaintiff’s medical treatment, plaintiff opted not to submit any medical bills. Plaintiff sought recovery for past and future pain and suffering and requested the jury award $250,000. The jury found in favor of defendant.