Lawsuits over COVID-19 Spread Could be Blocked by Ohio House Bill
It would eliminate Ohioans’ right to sue healthcare workers, systems and businesses
If eventually signed into law, a bill currently working through Ohio House committees could eliminate Ohioans’ right to sue healthcare workers and systems, and business owners and employees, who are suspected to have contributed to the spread and infection of COVID-19.
H.B. 606 had a brief hearing in the House Civil Justice Committee on Wednesday morning. The bill was originally written to protect healthcare workers from being sued if they inadvertently spread the COVID-19 coronavirus to another person while carrying out their work responsibilities.
The Civil Justice Committee and House Majority Leader Bill Seitz (R-Green Township) generally supported additional protection on Wednesday that expanded the lawsuit immunity to Ohio businesses.
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