Slippery Slope Decision by California Appellate Court Allows Wrongful Death Claim from “Take Home” COVID-19 Exposure to Proceed

The California Court of Appeals has allowed an employee’s wrongful death case for her husband’s death from COVID-19 to proceed against her employer, concluding the claim was not barred by California’s Workers’ Compensation Act. The court found persuasive the trial court’s analogy to a decision permitting claims against employers for injuries to family members from “take home” exposures to asbestos.

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