Pennsylvania is facing new and unexpected challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Health care providers and businesses large and small are incurring risk to provided life-saving care, equipment, and goods to get us all through this public health crisis. They deserve our gratitude and support. Yet, this week the legislature went home without taking action to protect them.
Front-line heroes aren’t only at risk for contracting the COVID-19 virus. They also face the unprecedented threat of liability from “Billboard Lawyers” looking to take advantage of the crisis.
Think about it.
Hospitals are experiencing shortages of resources and some are converting offsite facilities to meet unprecedented demand for services.
Businesses are stepping up to re-tool and retrofit their facilities to produce Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needed to protect health care workers and emergency service responders.
Companies are working overtime to find treatments and create vaccines.
Retired doctors and nurses are answering the call and returning to service.
Doctors and nurses are working long hours to treat the afflicted at great risk to their own health and well-being.
Elective surgery and procedures are being delayed.
All of these actions, necessary to save lives during this crisis, increase liability risks. While businesses and health care providers are rising to the challenge to defeat this virus, Pennsylvania’s “Billboard Lawyers” are looking to cash in!
Health care providers and business are meeting the challenge to fight this virus but need help immunity against civil lawsuits as they work to defeat this pandemic. Other states, such asConnecticut, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Alabama, Kentucky, Maryland, Louisiana, and Illinois have already provided their COVID-19 heroes some level of immunity during this crisis. Immunity legislation is moving in other states as well.
PCCJR is urging Pennsylvania’s elected representatives to recognize the unprecedented challenges confronting those working to defeat this pandemic. Our health care providers, manufacturers, and distributors deserve the same protections from civil suits their colleagues in other states have been granted. Urge your local representatives to enact immunity provisions for those responding to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic.