Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 4:00 PM
Dear GOA members,
On the last day of the Georgia legislative session, the House and the Senate voted to pass Senate Bill 359, commonly known as the COVID-19 immunity bill. Yesterday, Governor Brian Kemp signed the bill into law.
The bill limits the ability of people to sue healthcare providers, including optometrists, if they are diagnosed with COVID-19.
This bill shields practices from legal liability unless they show “gross negligence, willful and wanton misconduct, reckless infliction of harm, or intentional infliction of harm.”
In order for your practice to be protected under SB 359, you MUST display a flyer with the following language:
Under Georgia law, there is no liability for an injury or death of an individual entering these premises if such injury or death results from the inherent risks of contracting COVID-19. You are assuming this risk by entering these premises."
The law mandates the sign must be posted at a point of entry, if present, to the premises and the sign must be written in at least one-inch Arial font placed apart from any other text.