Update: Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Tyson Foods Over COVID-19 Outbreak
The family of a woman who died from coronavirus after suffering a work-related injury at a Tyson Foods meat processing plant in Amarillo, Texas, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company. The complaint alleges that Pwar Gay fell and injured her knee during the course of her duties as a meat cutter. Gay was not permitted to go home or seek medical attention due to a shortage in staff at the plant, and was instead only given basic first aid treatment and sent back to work. After working with her knee injury, Mrs. Gay fell ill and had difficulty breathing, and was eventually admitted to the hospital. She later tested positive for COVID-19 and died on May 8, 2020. The lawsuit was filed in the Amarillo Division of the Northern District of Texas under case number 2:20-cv-00125-z.
CDC Report: 600 Nebraska Meatpacking Workers Positive for Coronavirus
New statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that nearly 600 workers across 12 meatpacking plants in Nebraska tested positive for the coronavirus in April 2020, with at least one death. That’s roughly 3% of the 20,000 workers employed in those 12 facilities. Nationwide, at least 4,913 meat packing workers in 115 facilities in 19 states have tested positive for COVID-19, and 20 have died.
Meat Packers File Class Action Lawsuit Against Smithfield Foods
A class action lawsuit has been filed against Smithfield Foods, Inc., on behalf of workers at a meat packing plant in Milan, Missouri, who allege the company failed to adequately protect them during the 2019-2020 COVID-19 pandemic, according to NBC News. Plaintiffs claim they were forced to work “shoulder to shoulder” without protective gear, not allowed to take breaks to wash their hands for several hours at a time, and discouraged from taking sick leave. The class action further alleges that Smithfield Foods placed profits ahead of public safety by failing to take necessary measures to prevent a coronavirus outbreak from spreading to the rest of the community.
Smithfield Foods Coronavirus Outbreak
Smithfield Foods meat processing plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has been identified as the source of a massive outbreak of COVID-19 that has affected at least 735 employees and close contacts, according to Forbes. Augustin Rodriguez, a 64-year-old employee at Smithfield Foods, died after being hospitalized for complications of Coronavirus on April 4, 2020. In addition to the facility in Sioux Falls, Smithfield Foods has also closed plants in Cudahy, Wisconsin, Martin City, Missouri, and Arnold, Pennsylvania.
2 Tyson Foods Workers in Iowa Dead From Coronavirus
Tyson Foods confirmed that 2 of its employees at a pork processing plant in Columbus Junction, Iowa, have died from Coronavirus, according to WQAD 8. At least 148 other workers at the facility have tested positive for the virus. Tyson said its plants have implemented extra precautions including taking worker temperatures, requiring protective face coverings, and additional sanitizing measures.
COVID-19 Outbreak Reported at 2nd Tyson Foods Meat Processing Plant
At least 111 workers at a Tyson Foods meat production plant in Washington State have tested positive for coronavirus, according to Democracy Now. The cluster of illnesses marks the latest in a series of outbreaks which have forced the closure of 15 meat packing plants, resulting in a 25% decrease in U.S. meat production. John Tyson, chair of the board for Tyson Foods, warned in a full-page ad in several newspapers that “the food supply chain is breaking.”
Dozens Get COVID-19 at Minnesota Meat Packaging Plant: CBS Minnesota Video
COVID-19 Outbreak at JBS Meat Packing Co. in Colorado Forces 2 Week Closure
Close quarters and a company culture of working while sick created an outbreak of Coronavirus at the JBS meat packing plant in Greeley, Colorado, that has infected at least 277 people and spread beyond the plant into 3 other counties, according to the Denver Post. The cluster of illnesses has strained local healthcare facilities and forced the temporary closure of the meat processing plant. Health officials warned JBS CEO Andre Nogueira of the Coronavirus’ rapid spread among employees, and said continued exponential spread of the disease would “quickly overwhelm” medical resources in the surrounding communities.
Do I Have a Coronavirus Meat Packing Outbreak Lawsuit?
The Workplace and Environmental Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Coronavirus Meat Packing Outbreak Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
If you or a loved one was diagnosed with the Coronavirus after working at a meat packing plant, or contracted the disease after being in contact with someone employed at such a facility, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.