According to a newly filed wrongful death lawsuit, the family of an elderly woman who died from novel coronavirus COVID-19 claims that the nursing home caring for their relative failed to appropriately test and isolate residents and staff. This negligence allegedly compromised the protection and health of others.
The lawsuit claims that the care facility failed to follow guidance from federal and state public health officials such as isolating residents with symptoms, enforcing social distancing, and regularly screening residents and staff. “When they knew of a pending problem they didn’t follow even the Illinois Department of Public Health’s suggestions,” said the family’s attorney.
The nursing home, 40 miles west of Chicago, had one of Illinois’ largest and deadliest outbreaks of the virus. According to Illinois public health officials, roughly half of all COVID-19 deaths in the state have occurred in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities. Confinement, overcrowding, and inadequate staffing in nursing homes quickly increased the spread of the virus - and with lethal force.
While suffering from COVID-19, the victim in this case was bedridden, unable to perform routine tasks independently. The victim passed away without her family present. The family was not informed that their relative was ill.
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