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Covid-19 and “Act of God” Statutes Under Georgia Code Section 13-4-21


March 24, 2020

USA- Jdsupra.com writes that Georgia Code Section 13-4-21 states that non-performance of contracts can be excused when an act of God occurs. An act of God pursuant to Georgia law includes events that do not occur because of any human agency. Examples include storms, earthquakes, and perils at sea.*

When it comes to Covid-19 or the novel coronavirus, it is not yet clear whether the event will be considered an Act of God, or if the transmission of the contagious virus will be seen as predictable and the result of human actions. So far, there are already lawsuits being filed against a cruise line related to passengers boarding a ship after a former passenger left the boat previously with symptoms indicating a possible coronavirus infection. 

Many passengers were forced to remain in quarantine following the outbreak, and some are saying the companies were putting their profits ahead of the health and safety of passengers. The passengers were transported from the ship via a crowded bus and a plane with other cruise passengers leading many to fear that they were being exposed to the virus during the quarantine efforts. 

When it comes to personal injuries and deaths, it is important for victims to speak with an attorney to discuss whether they were the victim of negligence on the part of another person and whether there is a legal remedy for the negligence.  

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Sources:https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/georgia-law-on-act-of-god-and-the-covid-31391/ and https://abc7news.com/6011199/

Category: Auto Accidents

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