COVID-19 Nursing Home Lawsuit
In late 2019, news of a novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 started to increase. By March 2020, the virus spread, sickening millions worldwide and claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands more.
When COVID-19 reached the U.S., the virus spread rapidly, quickly overburdening hospitals and medical centers. With hospitals at full capacity, critical medical supplies such as test kits, masks, and respirators were in short supply.
Like other coronaviruses, COVID-19 affects people of all ages. Common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. However, the virus appears to more severely impact the elderly and people with pre-existing medical conditions. These include:
- heart disease
- lung disease
- cancer or other conditions compromising the immune system
- high blood pressure
Are Nursing Home Residents at Higher Risk of Contracting COVID-19?
Residents of nursing homes and long-term assisted care facilities are particularly susceptible to contracting COVID-19. Confinement, overcrowding, and inadequate staffing can aid in quickly increasing the spread of the virus and with lethal force. The New York Times reported in May 2020 that about one-fifth of U.S. virus deaths at that time were linked to nursing home facilities.
Part of the reason so many have perished during the COVID-19 outbreak is that nursing homes often have less state and federal oversight. Routine inspections have slowed, or even stopped, in many of these facilities. Additionally, with family visits prohibited, residents have no external advocates, potentially leaving them even more vulnerable.
What Claims Are Being Filed Concerning Nursing Homes and COVID-19?
Lawsuits have been filed on behalf of patients who were injured or died as a result of failures by nursing homes to protect patients from COVID-19. These failures include failure to adapt and/or implement policies, practices or procedures for:
- infection control
- personal protective equipment (PPE)
Employees of nursing homes are similarly beginning to file claims concerning these safety failures.
What Does This Mean for You?
You may be legally entitled to compensation if you or a loved one was injured or died due to nursing home facility failures concerning COVID-19. You may also be entitled to compensation if you are an employee of a nursing home facility and similarly were subject to these failures. It’s not too late to investigate your claim.
Want to Know if You Have a Valid Legal Claim?
Our experienced attorneys are investigating injury and death claims due to nursing home failures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact us by submitting the form or by calling us at (866) 573-1787 for a confidential evaluation of your potential claim.