Novel coronavirus COVID-19 has sickened millions worldwide and claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands more. The elderly and those with preexisting conditions—often residents of nursing homes—appear to be most severely affected. Inspections at a chain of nursing homes, Life Care Centers of America, revealed that staff members were not taking proper precautions to control the spread of the virus. Failures by staff members reportedly included not washing hands or enforcing social distancing guidelines, and failing to sanitize equipment, properly use masks and gloves, and separate sick patients from healthy ones. This lack of care, precaution, and violation of federal guidelines led to the spread of the virus, which caused the death of patients, new lawsuits allege.
Life Care is a privately owned company that operates over 200 nursing homes. Lawsuits filed by families and employees have also documented flaws in the company’s management and the treatment of patients, including wrongful death claims.
Confinement, overcrowding, and inadequate staffing in assisted care facilities contribute to quickly increasing the spread of the virus, and with lethal force. This is dangerous, as the virus is particularly fatal among the elderly. 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.
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.
Do 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.