The Governor allowed businesses to reopen last year, as long as they followed certain protocols and encouraged their employees who were at greatest risk (i.e. those over the age of 60) to work remotely. Most businesses did so and followed the law. Sadly, there is always someone who proceeds recklessly without concern for the consequences. Such was the case with Infinity Consulting Solutions, a national corporation that focuses on the staffing needs of major Fortune 500 corporations. One would think this company, which is based in New York City and has offices around the country, including Wilmington would have been able, unlike small retail shops and restaurants, to easily protect its employees.
One of its long-time employees, Charles Cacchioli, age 67, had been working remotely (due to an unrelated broken foot), without any problems since January (pre-COVID). On June 8, 2020, rather than letting him continue to work from home as the Governor’s order required, he was ordered to report to the office. Once there, there was no supervision of the other coworkers, many of whom were not wearing masks. One, in fact, had COVID and soon almost 50% of the work force was infected. Cacchioli, who at age 67 was at high risk, was one of those who contracted the virus from this work exposure. He was hospitalized in June, only to die a painful death in July 2020.
His widow has brought this action to make sure this type of irresponsible behavior does not continue.
This is the second Wrongful Death COVID Claim Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. has handled (the first was the subject of a pre-suit confidential settlement). Sadly, we do not expect it to be the last.